Well if you blinked for any period of time, 2018 crept up on you as fast as it did for me. I’m constantly in a state of assessing where I am able to spend my given 24 hours in a day. As a person whose range of interests reads like a dictionary, I’m never at a loss for finding something to research, read about, learn about, or experiment on. That is just in my personal, non-work life.
When it comes to work, digital media has so many segments that make up the whole picture. There is shooting new content, filming, post production, print preparation, all of which is quite technical by nature. Then I think of back when I was a teenager, I dabbled in CGI for many years on a very basic level. That love for creating something from nothing never went away. I just substituted a 3d program with a camera in my career. After many years, I find myself spending time going back to old love’s like CGI -but now, 15 years later, the technology has progressed so ridiculously, it really blows my mind.
The biggest mistake that many make is not opening themselves up to change. How often do you see someone that kicks against the way the world changes, only for them to be out of business, or left wondering why they can’t find any clients anymore. Not all change is good, but we cannot stop change. Those that embraced the change in industry thrive, grow, and often are able to dictate future changes because they were riding the wave from the outset. It’s not possible to be like this for everything, obviously, but don’t kick against things for too long.
Seeing as this is my personal work blog, I can speak about my own visions & goals for this year. I’ve been working on a lot of things in the background for many months now & two new companies will be revealed very soon. There is also new channels that I’m starting, specifically, YouTube. They do not by any means replace my photography work -they are rather me being flexible to my interests & talents, while changing as the industry does and have helped me evolve. So actually, they make me an even better photographer at the core.
I always speak about having a clear goal in your career. So you might be saying, “oh, won’t this just dilute yourself’ by trying to be too many things?’. Not in the slightest. Every business move I make is inching, stepping or leaping in the direction of my big goal. If something doesn’t work in helping you reach that goal, it’s not a failure; you merely found a way that didn’t work. Go find another door to bang on or jungle path that needs stomping through. This is the exciting part of the journey to me.
So I’ll end off by saying that in 2018, a lot of my focus is going to be on my new companies which are not separate to “Seagram Pearce Photography”, but rather an extension. The other big focus will be my YouTube channel, which is not because I want to be the next Casey Neistat or Pewdiepie. Heck, at the moment, I have 34 subscribers only. I don’t mind, because I only have 2 videos up at this date of writing & have not put any effort into growing the channel. That will change as I actually film more content. I’m also not doing it for internet fame or monetizing the channel. It is there as my creative outlet & share what I find beautiful or travel trips, work, gadgets & toys. I have no idea what my style is going to be yet, its all new to me. Part of that journey. I’m excited to discover where it leads.
So… where is your 2018 taking you? I’d love to hear about it. Drop a comment below.