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Ever been driving down the highway so deep in thought that you go on autopilot and miss your exit? And then when you look around you have no idea where you are? That’s what happened to me recently—not literally—but with my work. I had been doing things without paying attention and I lost something in the process.

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Since today is Halloween, I thought photos of spooky abandoned buildings would be appropriate. However, I’m a big chicken when it comes to scary movies, haunted houses and any other creepy stuff. Yes, I’ll admit it. Heck, I’d almost say I’m proud of it. But in spite of that, I loved taking pictures in this place. So much so that I went by myself a couple of times. Even if I only had the guts to go during the day…

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Who out there hasn’t experienced a creative slump? At some point every creative ends up facing a creative block. We can’t keep it  from happening, but we can learn to cope effectively with it when it does. Otherwise, it’s too easy to fall into the head games and that can have serious setbacks. The strategies below have all worked for me and although the examples are specific to photography the same strategies can work for all creatives.

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

Are you weird? I’m a little weird. There’s this definition of ‘normal’—a path I was supposed to follow but couldn’t. Maybe you feel the same way? Does what you are ‘supposed’ to do feel right? Or have you had that gut feeling that was hard to ignore? That knowing that there has to be something more. Let’s embrace our weirdness.

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In the fall of 2011 I began my Masters in photography. Last week I completed it. If I could go back in time these are 10 things I would say to myself beginning my MFA.

There will be times when  you’ll want to quit—I guarantee it. You’ll question yourself. A lot. You’ll question your skills. A lot. You will feel like everyone else is a better photographer and that you’re an imposter. It’s okay, it’s all part of the process. It’s likely that your goals will change as you develop your skills. That’s part of the process, too.

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“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”- Eugene Delacroix

They say that practice makes perfect… But can any creative skill be mastered by the simple act of practicing for hours, days, weeks, years? Does practicing over and over guarantee perfection?

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[This is a guest post written by Shirley from hello mamabird]

You have a talent! Great!

You have studied and practiced and are so good at your talent that people would love to work with you. Awesome! But they cannot pay for it and ask you to do it for free… Hm.  Ok, how does that make you feel? Insulted? How dare they ask for something for nothing in return?

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The dreaded question: Practically every time I tell people I am graduating from an MFA program I get the question: “What are you going to do with that?” and my answer is usually “um…” While it’s a valid question the undertone is more about why I would choose to go for an advanced degree in the arts. The question implies that an MFA is not only a waste of time and money, but an endeavor that won’t provide anything worthwhile. The question irritates me because of the implications it has, and because I don’t have a good elevator pitch. And I can’t help but wonder if those pursuing an MBA get asked the same thing as often.

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Are you a professional? Different people define professional in different ways. For some, being a professional means making money from their art. For others it’s more about the attitude they have towards their work. While I have always considered myself a professional by both of these definitions, I had no idea I was making such a big mistake when it came to how I approach my art.

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I was first inspired to write this because I read a similar list by another blogger. The partial list sat in the drafts section of this blog for a while.…

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