Williams, Sally. “Career Change: Banker-turned-photojournalist.” The Telegraph. November 2011.
This article was about a guy named Marcus Bleasdale that had a great job as a banker, making lots of money, but quit his job to become a photojournalist and got a salary cut of more than half. As a banker he had no time to do what he wanted or have a social life, he was getting up at 5:30am and getting to bed around 10 every night, he claimed, “Everyone thinks its glamorous, but it’s not that glamorous.” His girlfriend wanted a camera for her birthday, so he got her one, but shortly after they broke up and he was left with the camera; he started playing around with it, and realized how much fun it was. Eventually, he quit his job as a banker and left the country within 24 hours to go photograph an event. He states, “I just felt I needed to be there and witness what was going on.” Upon return from the trip, he enrolled in a photojournalism course at the nearby college and ultimately won an award for best young photojournalist by photographing the civil war in Sierra Leone.
First off, I give this guy, Marcus Bleasdale, loads of credit for up and quitting his job to chase different dreams and passions. He gave up his very successful banking job to become a photojournalist and deal with less than half salary as he used to get. It is not as satisfying as loving your job and making less money. I admire him for leaving his job and leaving everything behind. He had everything he wanted as a banker, he had the houses, cars, everything he dreamed of, but it wasn’t what he loved to do. He did not want to sit at a desk for the rest of his life, and I can relate to that. I do not want to sit at a desk for the rest of my life either, but if I have to do it in the beginning to get my feet wet and get a sturdy savings built up, it might be worth it to quit my job and pursue my dreams.
I did read other articles covering photojournalism and...