Eversince i picked up a camera i wanted to be a commercial photographer or photojournalist.Have been working towards that direction for a long time. It seems to be a hard path and i have not given up. But there have been some incidents along the way which have had a lasting impact on me. I would like to share some of those experiences with you.
*Pls bear in mind! I'm merely sharing my experieces thus far and not directing anything towards any particular person or group !!
Abt six months back I had an opportunity to meet up with one of Singapore's top Photographers .( Name will not be mentioned )
We had a nice chat. And the topic of he looking for assistants came up. Thinking this would be a great opportunity for me , i offered to take up the job. First thing without even looking at my work, he said I cant make it (his exact words). WHY??!! Cuz i'm not of a particular skin colour and i do not speak a particular language.
My previous boss shared the same ideas as him. So i was not surprised by what he said and did not take offence. But i learnt to accept the fact that we actually need to cater for the bulk of the market.
Although i have mentioned only two such cases , along my path of trying to achieve my goals i have had many comments like this and have met pple who have even turned me away straight in the face.
Sometimes it's really demoralising but yet the anger that keeps on building inside me pushes me on.
I would like to know if any others out there have had such experience and how you beat it ?? !! Pls do share.