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  1. The “Love or Money” article/post is a good one. As the writer pointed out, this isn’t just for photography: whatever you love doing but might not pay well – be it fashion design (almost impossible to break into and make a living at), painting, a sport, a finely brewed coffee, cooking or photography, making a living at something that could just as easily be a great amateur-with-pro-skills hobby is not always all it’s cracked up to be. On the other hand, I am surprised those lawyers had time to pursue their hobby – the problem with a lot of well-paid (and even not that well paid) careers is that these days, they tend to bleed into evenings and weekends, leaving everyone with less time for hobbies – it’s one of my biggest issues with the modern workplace.

    My advice to people in this conundrum would be to find a career you like well enough with hours that allow you to enjoy your passion – whatever it may be. I know teachers who are amateur photographers and do wedding/baby/engagement/various shoots over the summer for fun and a bit of extra scratch. I’m really into travel and writing and very amateur photography, but don’t want to scrape by as a travel writer, so I have my job as a corporate trainer (which I do genuinely enjoy) with an extremely flexible working schedule so I can travel, write about it for fun and take pictures.

    One thing: I’d say someone with the right equipment, proper training and experience who takes jobs for, say photo shoots (or whatever)…well, I suppose they may technically be considered an amateur but I’d say if you’re good enough at it that you can and do earn money from it on the side, that it makes you, for all intents and purposes, a pro. “Amateur” has this connotation of “not quite good enough/trained enough/experienced enough to be a pro” and that is not always true. I wish there were a better word.

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