Paul Arden on Creativity
I feel like I have made every mistake there is to make on the above list.
I feel I have heard every negative reason why I shouldn’t be a photographer and choose a creative path as a career. There have been days when I started to believe it.
When I chose to swap a successful business for a photography career and start all over again at 35, half of Sydney thought that early Alzheimers had kicked in. I heard it all in those first years. ‘When are you going to get a real job’ or ‘isn’t the fun over yet’, ‘you know you aren’t young what about your superannuation’ and ‘when are you moving back to Australia?’
Fortunately there were many others who believed in what I was doing and saw how happy I was. Starting life as a creative is difficult enough but when you add societies pressures to an already difficult choice it can be like climbing Mount Everest with the world on your back!
Here’s the deal, if you had chosen to be a lawyer or a banker everyone would have patted you on the back, if you plan on being a musician, an artist or a photographer get ready for the avalanche of frowns and ‘well dear its not going to be an easy road’.. caring speeches that are sure to arrive.
Paul Arden is the genius that wrote the above list. The mistakes I have made on the above list are the best lessons I have ever learnt and I as have said before ‘I wouldn’t swap a day of this new life’.
Hold onto your dreams