You are probably going to fail may not be the advice you want to hear, but it's an important pill to swallow. Take note of what world-renowned photographer Martin Parr has to say in this interview.
When legendary photographers like Martin Parr do interviews, many take note of what they have to say. In this piece with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Parr is asked what his advice for emerging photographers is, and the answer is rather surprising. Instead of the usual "work hard and be lucky" we often hear, Parr starts with the sobering fact that most will probably fail. He then goes on to talk about the importance of obsession and how good connections you feel strongly about are crucial.
I like how Parr talks about how the majority of the time, you are going to come home from a shoot feeling disappointed. This is a refreshing take on the life of a photographer we don't often hear. He also talks about a good year of photography for him is if he creates just a handful of good images. Again, this is something photographers need to hear, as many of us seem pressured to produce amazing work for social media on an almost daily basis. Parr ends the piece emphasizing the history of photography and how that can feed into your work to help you make your own voice.
Regardless of the type of photography you do, I think this video is well worth adding to your bookmarks to watch from time to time. Such pep talks jam-packed with truth really are worth their weight in gold. I know some will think such advice is demotivating, but a healthy dose of reality gives you the best chance of success in this industry.
Lead image by WikimediaImages, used under Creative Commons.