Don’t build a following.

Q: SOME DAY I WISH TO BE HIGH ON THE FOOD CHAIN OF PHOTOGRAPHERS LIKE YOU. I WANT TO ROLL WITH THE BIG DOGS AND DO SOMETHING AWESOME THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMMUNITY CAN GET BEHIND. THE BIGGEST ISSUE I AM HAVING RIGHT NOW IS GETTING CONNECTED IN THE RIGHT WAYS. I SPEND A LOT TIME THINKING (MORE THAN I SHOULD) ON HOW TO FIND THE HELP WITH THE SUPPORT I NEED TO KEEP GOING. ANY ADVICE ON BUILDING A FOLLOWING?

A: Yes!!! Do not try to build a following!!!

Don’t actively try to be a “big dog.” Don’t actively try to create buzz about yourself in the industry of your peers. We can all see that from 14 miles away and would rather just steer clear of you.

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