This year has been so many things. The usual phrases like 'rollercoaster' and 'journey' spring to mind but they don't really hit the spot when it comes down to the nitty gritty. The past twelve months have taught me lots and also confirmed so many things that I already thought to be true.
So here in no particular order is 50 things that I will take from 2015.
- The conventional 9-5 is not for me
- Improved multi-tasking skills required
- Must shoot more film
- 'No shows' will always happen no matter how far you progress
- I’m not good at sugercoating.
- Christmas cards require serious planning
- There is no such thing as a quiet December
- Proscrastination is the worst
- Self employment can make you (even more) boring
- Sleepless nights are now a part of the norm
- Negotiate deadlines right from the start with clients who want things yesterday
- Stick to your guns
- Sacrifice is inevitable
- There are not enough hours
- Quality is key
- I need an assistant
- Facebook Pages makes me mad
- The less 'rock and roll' business purchases still provide great satisfaction
- I need to replace my iMac with a MacBook
- I don't know if I will ever master Twitter
- I'd be lost without lists
- Optimum workflow is a never ending pursuit
- There is a big different between what I want and what I need
- I WANT a drone
- I do not NEED a drone
- Accounts take forever. FOREVER.
- I need a larger office
- Don't read too much into Insta likes
- Printers don't like me
- Tumblr and Instagram before bedtime is never a good idea.
- Built in Wifi on my camera is a saviour
- I need to network more
- Some equipment has devalued so much it's worth far much more to me than anyone else
- 'Let me wait for payday' means an enquiry is highly unlikely to result in a commission
- There's always someone willing to do it cheaper
- There are models and then there are models
- I want to get to London more
- My job can provide some amazing opportunities
- Working with other creatives can only be a good thing
- Must work on my camera stance to prevent awkward off-guard BTS shots
- Larger companies can be just as bad at paying invoices on time as the smaller ones
- I'm far more productive in a morning
- Coffee is my friend
- Skinny jeans are not a photographers friend
- Never stop learning
- There is always someone watching
- Waiting will achieve nothing
- Remember why you started
Self employment is f**king brilliant
Sure, you can kiss goodbye to a regular sleep pattern and deal with situations so stressful it feels like your head is about to pop, but this year has shown me that the positives far outweigh the negatives. Working with so many new people, being sought after as result of your skills, hitting deadlines, getting creative and earning my own money leave me convinced that I have the best job in the world.
Here's to 2016! Let's go.