I’ve kept this topic chambered for many years fearing that my audience would be unable to handle the true secret to success. This method is applicable to the trajectory of your career as a model, photographer, stylist, or whatever it is you choose to spend your time doing. Consider this the revealing recipe for your potential proficiency.

Located deep within the thickest woods of the Appalachian Mountains there exists this cottage built of stone and wood. Inside this distressed adobe exists an elixir kept forever warm as it sits atop a small inextinguishable fire. One sip of this potion of prosperity will yield an abundant supply of success for the rest of your life.

When I speak to high school students I am asked what the secret of success is as if it were only a potion you could digest or a simple parlor trick you could perform.

The truth is much less glamorous and far less mystical.

You have to do the work everyday to get to where you want to go. Do you want to be a prominent photographer? Then you must put in the hours, do the work and maybe you will have the opportunity to have a small taste of success. Don’t count on luck or the generosity of someone simply handing it to you.

Do the work.

James Patrick
IG @jpatrickphoto