Picking Your Passion

by Fred Bergeron, DTM

‘Tis the month of February, which means love is in the air. Today, I’m going to tell you about a different kind of love:  passion.

According to Dictionary.com, passion means any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, like love or hate, or a strong amorous feeling or desire; love; affection. Being passionate means having, being compelled by, or being ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling.

One thing I’m passionate about is photography; not just taking and producing great images, but also teaching others the craft that I love so much. Recently, I offered a free class on basic smartphone photography, and even though I got a couple of verbal confirmations, no one showed up. Yes, my feelings were hurt, especially considering I drove almost an hour to get to my session, but that didn’t stop me from teaching it again in the very near future.

I first took photography as an elective in junior college, back in the film days. Then I bought my first professional camera kit after receiving my first Real Estate commission check. It was the same camera I used at my first District 84 conference, which also happened to be in my backyard in Daytona Beach, Florida, in November 2016.

In January 2017, I enrolled in a four-month Photography 101 course to brush up on my skills. It was shortly after the class’s completion that I started donating some of my photos to the district as silent raffle items. After venturing out on my own as a business owner in October 2019, I decided to add Real Estate Photography as one of my services, but in March 2020, things took a different turn as the pandemic affected the entire population. It was then that I decided to hone my skills while socially distancing, which made me realize how much I really missed the craft. Ever since then, I’ve upgraded my camera and created my own Facebook business page (Facebook.com/386Studios), and I plan to teach photography and write another eBook for profit starting this year.

If you have a passion that you’d like to teach others, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Just like Toastmasters, it’s a learning environment, whether it’s learning from others or learning from our mistakes.

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