Barrier to Entry


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I have a tough job.

Yeah, yeah.  I know what some of you might be thinking…”hold up, you work at home.  How hard can that be?!!”  Not talking about that part – I actually think that part’s awesome.  I love my job.  The tough part is that I’m in an industry where there is no real barrier to entry.

Every single person who walks into Best Buy (or navigates to B&H Photo or Amazon) right now can walk out with a camera (even a drone these days) and a turnkey system that does what I do (for the most part).  No real barrier to entry.  There’s no test.  No certification.  No actual degree needed.  All of credentials set you apart and certainly improve the chances that you’ll actually make it, but it’s not required to call yourself a photographer or video producer.

Therein lies the issue.  I have to co-exist with everybody these days, because everybody is a photographer.  Everybody is a video editor/producer.  I’m not trying to rain on anybody’s parade.  You can actually become a decent photographer/video producer without a degree, but you have to work really hard at it, maintain it and even then not everybody can do it well.  I’ve got a long way to go and I’d loathe myself if I ever thought I knew it all.  Heck, even the major players (networks and production houses) make continuity mistakes and bad decisions in their productions.

I’ll just continue to try to stand out from the rest and have faith that my potential clients will know the difference and make good choices when it comes to production quality.

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

Every Day I…

My home office is taking shape.  Definitely saving money on gas these days.

My home office is taking shape. Definitely saving money on gas these days.

Here’s a follow up to day 2.  I’ve gotten my workspace to a comfortable point.  You know, that place where it’s cleaned off enough that you can start working in it, but you know there’s more to cleaning than shoving stuff to the other side of the room.  For now, the only angle of this room will be this one.  Nobody sees the other side of the room.

So, for now, this is my commute to my new office where every day, I go to work in my PJ’s.  Things could be worse.  Things could be much worse.