Not Everyone Will Love Your Work--And That's Okay
Rejection sucks. I can't tell you how many times clients have slipped through my fingers because they didn't love my work. E-mails and phone calls have gone unanswered. I've had last minute back-outs backed by a plethora of excuses. I've even had clients criticize my work during in-person meetings. Couple that with the non-traditional rejections: the "unfollowers" and "unsubscribers." Even the one "blocker" which I'm gathering all the strength in me NOT to pay the extra $2.99 to reveal who he/she is (don't be petty, Hannah. Don't. Be. Petty). Social media has served as such a powerful platform for me to voice who, what, and how I am as an artist and a professional wedding photographer. At the same time, it has a way of pointing out all my inadequacies and constantly bombarding me with signs that I just may not be enough.
Not everyone loves my work. And that's okay. I've learned that this has been a blessing in disguise. I expend all my energy into the art I create and cultivate. I care deeply...immensely about how my work is crafted, represented, and received. The clients and followers that have stuck with me are only a reflection of what I have been putting out. And this is the energy that feeds me.
The beauty of art is that we all see it differently. Some people will love your work--let this fuel your fire. Some people will hate it -- and that's okay. Rather than spreading yourself too thin and trying to please the world, focus your attention on the people that are listening and watching. Overtime, my business strategies have evolved and I found that by focusing less on the numbers and more in the quality of clients, followers, and subscribers I have been happier, more fulfilled, and more inspired. If I could go back in time to give the just-starting-out-me any advice, this is what I would say: