Creating in Spite of Fear, The Photographer's Struggle

If you ever feel like you're stuck in a creative rut, or having a hard time progressing in your field, know that you're not alone. Any professional photographer will tell you about all of the failures and challenges they had to overcome in order to reach new heights. This video shares a brief look at some of the struggles faced by seven leading photographers, as a trailer for a new season of podcasts from PRO EDU.

Self-doubt can be a huge hindrance to creative expression, but as these photographers explain, perseverance eventually led them to where they are today. But that doesn't mean they still don't wrestle with the fear of criticism. PRO EDU has been conducting interviews with professional photographers for a podcast series, now in its third season, and four of their interviews are now available as videos on YouTube. Interviews include Erik Almas, Lindsay Adler and Chris Knight, Michael Eastman, and Ben Von Wong. Those videos are embedded below.

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Mike Wilkinson is an award-winning video director with his company Wilkinson Visual, currently based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Mike has been working in production for over 10 years as a shooter, editor, and producer. His passion lies in outdoor adventures, documentary filmmaking, photography, and locally-sourced food and beer.

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Look, I loove what RGGEDU is doing for the community and I looove the interviewees they have in these podcasts/videos. Yet I won't listen to them because I don't have an hour to do so. Between my photo/video work, the the many tutorials I watch (or books I read) because I really need them upgrade my skills, the marketing, the family/friends time I need ... there is already an overload of information. Therefore, I find myself more and more watching videos that get straight to the point (and more often than not, I also watch them at 1,5x speed)! Same for blog articles by the way. I can understand some people want to listen to some relaxed conversation about their favorite subject but most of the time, that's not needed. So, please cut the crap and go to the essentials. Everyone's winning.
(Oh and btw, It's not a critique, it's just a reality check).

you can also just listen to them while working out or traveling. Every I fly to NYC or drive to LA is about 6hrs. It's when these come in handy IMO.

I guessed someone would say that :D But when I travel alone (train or plane), either I am reading a book about my destination (if leisure travel) or working (in which case I feel that listening to music is more appropriate than a podcast). I am rarely doing anything so that I can just listen to a podcast. The only situation I can think about that could work for me listening a podcast is driving (alone). Still, music is often more appropriate to relax or keep the energy level up (depending of where I'm at).
So in the end, I don't listen much to long podcasts.


And the podcasts are great. Thanks a lot for your time and your caring!