What Hamilton Taught Me About Running a Photography Business ~ Wisconsin Photographer
Yeah, Amanda....whatevs. You're blogging about Hamilton just to have an excuse to post a picture of the wonderfully adorable Lin Manuel....aren't you?
And here he is :)
But no really, there is a lot to be gleaned from Mr. Miranda's story....and from Hamilton's story as well. I swear.
1. Write Like You're Running Out of Time
Seriously, if something is a passionate fire burning within you....just dying to get out and be seen or heard....don't stop. You may get it wrong (REALLY wrong...I mean, my first whole year was pretty much a big ole pile of wrong)....but you HAVE to do it. Its what you were made to do. How do you KNOW if you're doing what you were made to do? It's the only thing you can think about. It's obsession level.
Miranda took SEVEN YEARS to write Hamilton. That's a whole lotta passion and fortitude.
2. Don't Pay Any Mind to What "THEY" Say
You know. They. The bitter hearts. The nay sayers. Those who will see or hear your idea and say "Umm....that's really stupid". Or those who will laugh. Those who will not see what you see. The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES laughed at Lin Manuel Miranda's idea to write a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton.
Who is laughing now, am I right?
When I sat cross-legged on my couch in my little starter home in Milwaukee and started jotting down ideas for a photography business, my husband.....as he will readily admit....scoffed a bit. He said "you're already, like, hiring people and stuff"....like I was taking it too far.
Who is laughing now, am I right? :)
That being said, he is wildly supportive. Once I got him on board with the idea!
3. Talk Less, Smile More
Says the girl who blogs incessantly. But for reals....sometimes we all need to just shut up....and smile. We need to know when talking more makes us sound foolish. We need to know place and time.
4. Look At Where You Are. Look At Where You Started.
Never forget, you started SOMEWHERE. And, likely, it was pretty terrible. Never stop learning.
5. Write What You Know, Photograph What You Love
Lin-Manuel won his first Tony for a musical about his neighborhood. He wrote his subsequent awards for a musical using the format he loved....rap. He succeeded because he stuck with what he knew and loved.
You cannot be all things to all people. You cannot be a jack of all trades. You cannot specialize in everything. I have no problem telling folks that newborns probably aren't really my "thing"....but damn if I won't rock out a Senior session.
6. Quit Complaining.
The #1, top reason I absolutely ADORE Mr. Miranda is his love for life. His POSITIVE energy is just infectious. He is humble, he is genius....and he is hilarious and self-depreciating at times. But he is just so. friggin. likable. And he's likable because he DOESN'T COMPLAIN. I can't tell you how easy it is to fall into a trap of complaining....especially online. But folks, it's a Facebook status. It's Twitter. It ain't yer diary.
Take a cue from LMM....and put positive thought out into the world. It can only come back to you tenfold.
This is just a nice little plug for Hamilton's America, which is on PBS tonight. I've been waiting MONTHS for this show, literally. I'm gonna curl up on my couch tonight and enjoy the heck out of it.
My obsession with the show itself and Miranda's various projects has its roots in what I believe are his fail-proof themes of perseverance, artistry, strength and education. It said something to me....big time....and I think its overwhelmingly applicable in business and life in general.