I'm having a bit of an identity crisis and I didn't even know it. I didn't notice it until the man and I were talking the other day about my photography. He pointed out that whenever anyone asks me about it, I still talk as if I'm just a beginner:
"I'm learning to take photos". "Just starting out". "I'd like to be a photographer some day".
I've been doing photography for about 18 months now.
I realized that I've been too shy to actually say, "I am a photographer". Too shy to say "this is who I am and this is my work".
When people ask you what you do, what do you say? Do you say your day job? Do you say your creative work that you do in the evenings and at the weekend? What answer do you give?
What if you are transitioning from one thing to another, building up a new business? Maybe it's graphic design. Maybe it's coaching. Maybe it's freelance writing.
Where is that line between "I'm learning to design/coach/write" and "I AM a graphic designer/coach/writer"? Is it when you you've had one client or five? Is it when you earn half your living or do it full-time?
Do you need to be the expert in that new field? Do you need to be done your training or is part way through good enough? Is it enough to intend to design/coach/write for a living?
So who do YOU think you are? Not in a snarky way. Really. Who do you think you are?
And by the way, I'm a photographer.
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