(More) Confessions Of A Creative In Nashville

I was going to start this post off with how I love living in Nashville and being a photographer, yada yada yada, but let's cut to the chase. I have a confession to make: I get jealous. Like, more often than I would like to admit. Nashville has a lot of photographers, and I hate it, but sometimes I really do get consumed with jealousy. And I hate it.
When a friend tells me that they booked this session or that wedding, my initial reaction is that I am truly happy for them, yay, that's exciting! But then (five seconds later) I feel the jealously creep in. So I ask myself, "why I am jealous?". What it really comes down to is how I view fellow photographers. I tend to catch myself viewing them as the competition, and this is a very bad thing. When I view them as my competition, it is only natural that I would become jealous when they are successful. But these aren't just fellow photographers, they are friends. When they are successful (even if I don't know them personally) I should rejoice with them; I should genuinely and fully share in their excitement. Jealousy says, "I don't care about you, I care about me and my business." That's not my heart, and that is not what I want people to feel when they are telling me about their success.
We are a community and we all feed off of each other. When someone takes an awesome photo or books a million sessions, instead of becoming jealous, I need to choose to be encouraged and challenged by that. It's actually so great how we can all sharpen each other. For me it can be hard because when I see other people doing awesome things my initial reaction is to feel bad about myself and that I could never do anything as cool as that. Yeah right! I can do awesome things too!
Instead of being defeated by someone else's awesome success story and jealous that they did this and that instead of me, I will take that and say, "Wow, if they did that, than I can do this really cool thing too!". Or "Oh wow, I've never seen something like that before. That really inspires me to try new things for myself!". It is a mental game and it's a choice. Don't view your peers as competition. That's stupid. We're all in this together and if we choose to, we can be a great strength to each other, but we have to fight for it, otherwise we will crumble under the weight of jealousy and pride.

Photo by OneNine Images

Photo by OneNine Images