Many years passed by, but you're still trying to break into the industry and establish yourself as a working professional. Frustrating, isn't it? Good news: this situation can be solved.
Face your weakenesses
If you're not good enough to be hired in the industry, there must be one or more weaknesses lowering your score. Try to answer these checklists to find them:
- Do you master anatomy?
- Can you correctly draw any perspective?
- Do you plan effective composition and dinamism in your images?
- Can you shade and render different materials in grayscale only?
- Do you choose colors according to each other and the overall mood of your image?
- Are you aware of file formats, DPIs, dimensions and technical specifications about professional printing?
- Is your style unique, giving a "wow effect" to your images?
- Do you deliver on time?
- Can you keep an humble, calm yet assertive attitude?
- Can you estimate with a certain precision how long a task will take?
- Can you stay focused on a task you don't want to do at the moment?
- Do you check and answer your emails and phone calls every day?
- Do you stay in touch with the client on a regular basis?
- Do you have an updated, stunning and well organized portfolio showing your best?
If you answered "no" to one -just one- of the above questions, you just spotted a weak point you should erase before you can be considered a talented and trustworthy professional. Be honest to yourself and write a to-do list based on your answers.
Build your new selfPractice and improve, one small step at a time. Just be sure to do something about it every day. Results will come slowly, but you'll notice them.
Train yourself to keep the right attitude, habits and technical quality. Don't take your achievements for granted.
The professional curve
A common mistake about professional recognition is that we use to figure it as an ascending curve. Well, it's not!
In fact, it's more like a soundwave with cyclical ups and downs. This happens both in our heads (lack of self-esteem VS positive attitude) and in the real world (nobody noticing you VS everyone asking for your skills within the same week).
Hopefully, the soundwave will rise as we walk our professional life. Just keep in mind that it's not a straight line nor a smooth curve.
Understanding this equivocation about our perception of "success" and "carreer" is the first big step in the right direction.