A lot of people do. The advent of digital cameras and editing software has encouraged a bajillion people to be professional photographers.
Becoming a photographer is easier than it’s ever been before.
Becoming an amazing photographer? That’s still incredibly difficult.
One of the weird things that happens as you work hard to become a professional photographer is that sometimes people think you have to be doing it full time to be considered a “real photographer.” Sometimes people will consider it a “hobby” or a “fun passion” unless you don’t have a day job.
I recently saw a great post from a photographer named Nathan who talks about that very issue.
He read my book Quitter and discusses the power of the word “no” from chapter 1. He also talks about the relationship between his dream job of being a photographer and the day job he’s holding down right now. (And why there’s nobility in both.)
Check out his post “Why I work a day job.”