I really wanted to do a podcast on pursing your interests, even when you feel like you shouldn't, because for so long, I did what I thought I "should" be doing as opposed to what I was actually interested in or excited about doing. In my mind, especially when I was younger, it wasn't in the realm of possibility that I could actually do something that I wanted to or thought was cool -- like work in entertainment -- and actually to get paid to do it. A job or career to me meant something conventional, that maybe even made you suffer a bit, and didn't necessarily bring you creative fulfillment.
But, it gave you a paycheck.
Where did I get those ideas to begin with? I'm not sure.
What I have learned over the course of my life so far is that when you pursue things that you're interested in, it actually leads to doing more of what interests you, and doing cool and interesting things can very much be sustainable. It may not always be easy, but it can be done. It may take time, but it can be done.
After all, there was a point in my life that I thought working in television or film was completely out of my reach. It took a lot of hard work and risk taking, but eventually it became my reality.
That's also what I try to remember myself as I move forward in this next phase of my life with photography and videography. I was once in this exact spot with working in entertainment, and it seemed so impossible. But, I did it. So when I feel any fear now, I tell myself that I did it then, and I can do it now.
Have you ever pursued an interest that unexpectedly led to more cool things or opportunities (or maybe even made you forget about your initial interests?). I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.
I hope that you enjoy this episode, and that you believe that you can do the things that interest and excite you, too.