Someone asked me recently about my thoughts on competition to which I replied “What competition!?” Let me explain:
I don’t see competition. I'm in my own zone. I simply do what I do and do it the best I can. I strive to shoot the absolute best headshot my client can get and use for their career purposes. That has nothing to do with being better than other photographers, it’s just me….telling myself, committing myself to being the very best at my chosen profession and then, working at it to make it sure I deliver. If anything, I'm in competition with myself and my personal visions/goals. It all goes back to what I always tell people when they ask about how to market or get clients:
"GET REALLY F'IN' GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO! DO DOPE SHIT & THE CLIENTS WILL COME TO YOU!"
I shoot how I do, provide a service.... and if people like it and keep booking me…that’s all I see. There’s room for everyone to do what they do. Some will succeed a little, some a lot. Some won’t at all. None of that affects what I do. I just keep shooting, keep on my game and stay booked. One of the components to our own success, is putting out the right energy and wishing success for others. Anyone feeling that I’m competition for them or feeling a certain way about my success because it’s infringing on theirs…..isn’t competition, they’re usually just people who haven’t put in the same effort I have and are having a hard time finding their own success. So to those folks I say…”I wish you all the success you can imagine.”
You’ll notice that the truly successful are usually madd cool with each other while the less successful….will often just…be on the sidelines, throwing shade or being bothered. Think of it like this: If a band and artist has risen to a level and is to the point of selling a ton of albums and/or selling out arenas, all they need to do is keep up it up as long as they can. If a band isn’t selling records or selling out arenas in different cities, it’s not because of the other bands out there, it’s because…well…..they’re just not that good. So in closing I say to you….don’t worry about the next person doing what they do. If you want success….get better at what YOU'RE doing and focus only on that. If you find yourself still not successful……work harder and show more love! It'll eventually all come back to you!
In the words of Jay-Z:
"Respect the game, that should be it. What you eat don't make me sh-t!"
How do you see it? Let me know!