mobei wrote in post #15780299
Your statement screams that you are not feeding your family with your photography.
Anyone in the business will tell you that the crooks are hurting us. (except the exceptional photogs). You don't understand that most photogs are just average, just like 90+% of people in any job. The cliche that you have to be better and people will flock to is not reality in most cases. MOST people purchase based on price.
Is this supposed to invalidate my viewpoint? Really? Freedom to succeed, freedom to fail.
You're right. I don't feed anything with my photography.
You know why? Because I won't be exceptional at it commercially. And I CHOOSE not to go into it, because I understand that as a business I will be "just average" as you put it. Instead I invested 10 years of my life in schooling and getting experience to get a skillset which makes me "exceptional" at what I do. I don't get mad money, but I am well suited for my profession and am extremely competitive in that field. But it took years of work and it's a million of times less pleasant than photography and I'm ready to do more work, to be able to keep earning. And I'm ready to bury it all and switch to a new profession if my area dies or gets outsourced.
But unlike you, I take responsibility for my choices. Had I chosen to become a photographer, I would not blame the world for not throwing money at me when I'm average. I'd blame myself for choosing to go into a business where I'm "just average" and have no competitive advantage.
US is a competitive country. Most people are not "average" at what they do. A lot of people are pushing themselves to the limit and work from preschool to retirement to become great and a lot of them are. This is why it's an awesome country and at the end of the day sh1t gets done.
Income stats show that average photographers get 20 grand a year. If you're average, what entitles you to more?
It's your choice to try and feed your family as a professional photographer. It would be your choice if you tried to feed your family by writing poetry. Own your choices and don't blame the world. You always have option to switch jobs.