Okay, so maybe I can’t make millions of dollars a day. And maybe I can’t evade my taxes like Donald Trump can. Maybe I can’t walk into a random store in the middle of nowhere and have everyone know my name, begging me to take a selfie with them. Yeah, there’s a pretty high probability that I will walk through Times Square one day and nobody will look at me in shock, unless I’m naked or wearing some ridiculous outfit. There’s definitely no way I will ever be invited to the White House – not that I want to be – and my name won’t be mentioned on any television network unless I am a victim of some terrible crime. Sadly, that seems to be becoming more and more likely with the way the world is going, but I have my fingers crossed that I won’t die that way. No, I will not be contacted by Adobe or Nikon or Apple or any other major company out there in hopes that I will do an ad campaign for them.
But in all reality…I’m okay with that.
And you should be too. You see, for every seemingly obvious upside there is to being famous, there are ten times more negatives. Let’s go through them a bit.
Because nobody knows my name…
There is no pressure to create the “next best thing.”
There is no pressure to be consistent.
Nobody is looking over my shoulder, telling me what to do.
Nobody is telling me how to create my work,
How to edit this photograph,
How to capture this scene,
What size to print this for the best result.
I have ultimate freedom, since nobody knows who the hell I am.
I can release a happy, bright, colorful landscape photograph tomorrow, and a dark, moody, black and white image the next day, and guess what?
Nobody will give a damn.
Because nobody knows who the hell I am.
I can go from shooting portraits one day, to shooting landscapes the next, and then maybe through in some erotica the day after that.
And nobody will care.
And that’s the greatest thing in the world. I don’t have to listen to anyone but myself; and even then, I really don’t even have to do that. If you aren’t famous, you aren’t held to any standards. There is nothing you need to do; only things you want to do.
So, enjoy being an unknown artist. Enjoy having only 200-some followers on your social media. Take pride in the 60 or so likes each image gets. Because as soon as your name starts to get out there, the pressure is on.