I always dreaded the question. No matter how prepared I was or how much I wanted a job, I never could answer that one question well.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I never knew. I could only ever attest to the quality of life I hoped I would have, not what exact job duties I expected to have or position I would hold. I've never been the type to have a detailed itinerary for a trip, let alone my life. It's not that I don't like having a plan, I just learned better than to expect to be able to dictate where life will take me when so much is outside of our control.
Now, I find myself looking back five years to see how far I've come. It was five years ago this month that I decided to turn photography into more than just a hobby. And it was last May that I decided to pursue photography full time.
So. Here I am. Five years later, making a career out of my passion. I have learned and grown so much over the past five years and can now see that I wasn't ready to make photography my career back in 2010. It took time to build up to this transition, and I'm so grateful for each experience that prepared me along the way. And it turns out that doing the thing I love does require doing some things that I do NOT love (hello, taxes and such!), but it is indeed rewarding and invigorating.
I still can't say exactly where I see myself in five years, but I am ready to see what lies ahead. It'll be full of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities, and, of course, oh so many pictures. I'm ready. Are you?