As professional photographers, there's no doubt in our minds that making photography into a career should be considered "a real job." However, the path you take to become a professional may make or break your career choice.
Choosing whether or not to go to school to become a photographer will have a huge impact on how your long-term career will likely pan out. Before you dive into a choice one way or another, take some time to listen to some experienced voices. Lee Morris, co-owner of Fstoppers, chose to go to art school and has now worked as a professional photographer and educator for over a decade. Mike Kelley did not go to school for photography but is probably now the most well-known architectural photographer in the world. In this video, they take the time to break down the choices they've made and how they think school has affected their career paths.
If you're considering paying for schooling to pursue photography or any other creative art as a career, take the time to watch this video first.