Feeling like a farce and a phony.

Q: DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE A FARCE OR A PHONY? PERHAPS I’M JUST FRUSTRATED WITH MY CURRENT BODY OF WORK, BUT I AM NEVER SATISFIED WITH ANYTHING I PRODUCE. HOW DO WE, AS CREATIVES, DEAL WITH THESE EMOTIONS?

A: Do I ever feel like a farce or a phony? All the time. Every day.

I was recently invited to speak at a photography conference in New York City. It was a great conference with some amazing speakers. I shared the stage with two Pulitzer Prize winners, an astronaut, people developing new technologies, etc. Amazing people. People doing important work. Shooting unreal photographs. Making strides in technology.

Then there’s me. A guy who shoots unknown bands, standard magazine assignments, and some commercial work. ...

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