How often have people told you to “get a real job?” Way too many times, I bet! It's not easy for creative entrepreneurs. We work hard for what we love but too many people out there don’t see it that way. You know the feeling! Your career path can be nonlinear — and that’s okay! If you’re in a creative field, your niche may change over time. In this episode of the Pollen Podcast, Wini Lao talks about the ups and downs of creative entrepreneurship. She shares how she decided to change careers, from civil engineering to commercial photography. Wini also discusses her aspirations as a creative entrepreneur. If you want to know how to take action and change your career trajectory, this episode is for you!
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🎧Episode Highlights [07:36] Introducing Wini Wini is a photographer based in New York. Her work mostly consists of products, still life, and lifestyle. Before becoming a photographer, Wini was a civil engineer. Previously, photography was Wini's creative outlet. She would take photos "for Manhattan." [13:04] Making the Leap to Change Careers Wini thought she would work and retire as an engineer. However, she was let go from her first company after three years. She looked for different opportunities from Craigslist to Upwork. While building her network as a photographer, she also applied for engineering jobs. Wini took the leap into photography because she didn’t want to dismiss the idea without trying it first. Seeing other photographers succeed inspired her to change careers. [17:08] Wini’s Career Transition Diana shares that trying out different jobs is essential to see what you like and don’t like. Wini shares her biggest shocks were taxes and going from a corporate setting to a freelance setup. After trying different photography work, Wini realized she likes commercial work. The pandemic has forced Wini to shoot indoors, during which she became interested in product photography. [21:34] A Non-Linear Path Wini started photographing bloggers, then fitness and wellness influencers, and finally the commercial sphere. Wini and Diana share that they both started in small apartment studios. Wini now has a beautiful studio in Dumbo. You need to have room for play so that you can grow. Wini shares how the new studio provided space for her clients. It also gave her space to play. Wini: “In order to expand,