The average overnight success takes around 10 years. Yes, you read that correctly, and I’m not joking. That’s in most creative fields, not just photography. So how long does it take to become a professional photographer? By professional, I mean able to derive the majority of your income from photography or photography-related activities. My gut response is that again, it takes most people around 10 years to really make any kind of headway. Quicker than that can happen of course, but it’s usually an anomaly.
Scott from Tin House Studio gives us his thoughts in this honest and candid video. Amazingly he’s dropped around 300 videos now on YouTube. Impressive if that’s part of your strategy and it goes to show that showing up and being consistent will always win. Here are his thoughts on how long it takes to become a successful pro photographer.