1. Always be learning new things and improving your skills.
Video and photography are crafts. Technology changes rapidly. Blogs, web sites, books, workshops, self-assignments, and talking with peers are all ways to keep educating yourself.
2. Keep practicing your art.
It’s hard to make a living and also do art. But do some art. Yes, making a living can be much harder than school. And you don’t graduate from making a living in four years, which is good and bad.
3. Know that there will be ups and downs.
If you don’t want to be a creative professional, accounting is a steadier business — no disrespect to accountants or the IRS.
4. Keep your head up.
Remember that the last two years have been the worst economy since the 1930s. Yet most people I know are still eating.
5. Don’t give up.
Persistence will eventually pay off.