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Progress Journal: Here’s to Freelancing!

I did it, lads.

On Thursday 27th June I shut down my work Mac for the very last time. I sent off signed off projects, said goodbye to clients and colleagues, and boxed up all of the loaned kit. My boss shook my hand, then me on my way with a few words of wisdom and 2p on a keyring. We’d always make sure we had a two pence piece when shooting, to tighten cameras to footplates, and now I’ll go have one wherever I go.

Oddly, my final day at work felt like my final hand-in day at university. Busier in terms of work-load and tying up loose ends, but the day itself was complete déjà vu. The blue skies were the same, and the shining sun too. Hope and relief hang in the air. Apprehension and optimism buzzing in the background. The almost-haziness quality of it all. Not much and so much had changed, but for the first time in a long time, everything felt right.

I’ve made a lot of realisations since the beginning of 2019, but one of the most important, and most recent, has been regarding how I work. I often feel as though the “most successful” period of my life was when I was studying in Post 16. I would spend one day in Film classes, the next in Media, and ended the week with Photography lessons… Then I would come home and work on projects until bedtime. Not just because I felt like I needed to, but because I loved doing so.

Stepping back and noting how much I thrive when I am able to frequently flex different creative muscles, has caused me to re-evaluate the career path I would like. Whilst I will be continuing to pursuing portraiture, I feel like this is a good opportunity to announce that I have decided to embark on a number of other creative endeavours too. To stop myself from getting itchy feet, and feeling like the grass is greener doing something else, expect to see more of me dipping my toe into experimental photography, animation, film, blogging, and perhaps even podcasting, too! The options are endless.

Before I throw myself into everything though, it’s important to pause and reflect on the first six months of 2019. It’s strange to think that at the start of the year, I was feeling uncertainty about who I was and what my future looks like, but now I have a clear vision of what I want, and have made the biggest leap to get it.

I’ve met a bunch of wonderful people along the way. Those who have worked with me, those who have taken the time to share their knowledge and wisdom because they want me to succeed, and those who always help to get the word out about me (through retweets, making sure to credit me as the photographer, and just telling their pals about what I can do)… Thank you, thank you, thank you. You rock.

Throughout this post I have dotted some of my favourite photos taken throughout the month. Seeing the improvement I have made since last year is a total confidence boost, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me next.

Here’s to growing success. Here’s to living my best life. Here’s to freelancing and self employment!

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