I've found an interview type article with Giulio Sciorio and some words of wisdom for an aspiring photographer, which I wanted to share:
"Dont get caught up in the technical side of photography. Lean by shooting film with a junky camera. You’ll respect yourself later and will sharpen your skills at seeing much faster then someone who spent thousands of dollars on the latest camera everyone is talking about on the forum. So often I shoot with my Holga or my Yashica TLR just to loosen up and stop thinking about anything other then the light, subject, lines and feeling.
Also stay away from forums. Most commentaries are negative and don’t really shoot much rather, they get lost in the specs of the cameras. Don’t get me wrong I love looking at the latest and greatest cameras but I ask myself, ‘Am I shooting enough? Why do I have time to care about what camera is being released. I need to shoot more.”
Focus on the craft. Learn what makes a good photography good. Plan your shots out in advance but also assign yourself shoots that are fun and loose and don’t worry about not knowing Photoshop.
Don’t let the grumpy photographers scare you. Yes the business (if your goal is to start a business) is very challenging but those who have a bad attitude simply did not run their business right and are basing their lives in fear. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, welcome them. That’s how you learn. Yes right now you suck and you don’t have a clue. Keep that mindset! You might one day think you know a lot about photography then you meet someone who knows way more then you and are very chill and you realize you still suck so you study and shoot more. Just keep shooting.
If you don’t know what to shoot shoot anything. Do a series on found garbage, photography peoples feet while taking a walk. Shoot whatever just keep shooting.
Regardless of what you shoot keep in mind that its #1 A BUSINESS. Treat it as such. #2 Market #3 Shoot and #4 Get paid. If you market and build a brand you’ll do fine. Just don’t think you’re hot sh*t, there’s always someone better and nothing is original so don’t even think about it."