On working hard. | by +Luiza

I’m tired. Really really really tired.

I work 40+ hours a week at my day job (or rather, night job), making movies play at a theater. Which is AWESOME. And then I work 40+ hours a week being a photographer, which is even more AWESOME. Whether I’m shooting, editing, marketing, planning, etc., I stay pretty busy. And I’m tired. But at least I’m not tired and bored. Because I freaking love what I do. Seriously.

I get home from work at 4AM, wake up at 8AM, go shoot in the cold rain for a few hours, go straight back to work, and then finally get in bed at 4AM again. And repeat it all the next day. And the next day. And probably the next day too.

I work really really really hard and I’m so happy to be working so hard. I’m not fortunate enough to live solely off photography yet, but that’s okay. Because I know I’m working hard, and as long as I do that, I’ll be happy.

I mean, I must be doing something right if you’re here looking at my photos and reading my posts. It’s not some miracle that I got to take part in the best internship in the country. And it’s not some miracle that I then went on to be a plus photographer with the best photographers around. It’s because I work hard. I got my first SLR camera almost 6 years ago, and I haven’t put it down since. (except sometimes when I sleep, but we already know that doesn’t happen too often)

So now I’m here going on shoots with current interns. And the other day one of them looked at me and said, “hey, we’re just interns here. Give us advice. Tell us what to do.”

“Uhm. Just keep shooting.”

Keep shooting and work hard. Work really really really hard. Sleep less. Don’t make excuses. Ask more questions. Explore. Experiment. Research. Be different. And learn. Because if you’re not learning, you’re doing something wrong.

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