If you want to do it, do it, don't talk so much or think so much.
No one starts out as a pro by opening his own studio on Day 1 of his career. The tried and true path is by being someone else's photo assistant. While giving you enough $$ to avoid starvation (hopefully!), it also is a kind of apprenticeship, where you learn about lighting, composition, posing, etc.
You strike out on your own when you feel that your skills are good enough, and you know enough customers and people in the industry. Not before.
When you make it big, you'll be mentoring a new generation of photo assistants as well.
If you take up the jobs in the banking sector, you will always think, "I wish I had done this [photography thing]...." And once you've been in banking for a few years, you'll have too much to lose by walking away, and you'll never realise your dream.
What Singapore is as a society is unimportant. You are responsible for your own choices, don't blame your parents, friends, or society at large.
Before you enter this field, however, you need to be sure you really want in. A lot of pros find that photography is maybe 20% of their job. Most of the time is spent on marketing. And you may not enjoy photography as much as you do now, once it becomes a job. It's stressful, backbreaking, hot work (under the sun) with ridiculous deadlines and unreasonable clients. For every celebrity photographer like Russel Wong, there's probably a thousand struggling to find their next client and meet their mortgage payments. Be really sure you want in.
Originally Posted by marcwang