Do you find that those around you may be getting for recognition (or more work) that you may have recently received? Have you worked in a genre for several years and others may seemingly be passing you by? Do you feel that you work may be undervalued or not appreciated?
Regardless of whether you may be a photographer, model, MUA, or any other professional in the industry, nearly almost everyone has these concerns now and again. One common example may be in social media where some may get dozens of 'likes' where you may struggle to get 10 people like an image you post. Social media can be difficult to navigate and there are people who specialize in understanding how Facebook and Instagram algorithms work. One such person is Jasmine Star who specializes in helping fellow creatives with techniques for improving engagement on social media platforms.
Even so, an undeniable fact is that those individuals who are very likeable in person or who provide something extra to the industry above and beyond their personal artwork tend to get more attention on social media than those who may be more 'quiet.' A simple snapshot may generate dozens of 'likes' simply because that person is who he or she may be.
A person may claim to be totally booked for week after week which in itself would be pretty amazing if true based on our current economic conditions. But what if that person is only allowing a small number of slots to be filled during the week, and perhaps working at another job? Is the person photographing trade shoots, nearly any genre possible. Of course there is nothing wrong with taking jobs outside of what you may typically work, and make even open you up to networking possibilities. However, being totally booked does not necessarily mean that a person is excelling in a particular genre or developing their personal brand.
Some may claim that they are published in 'x' number of magazines on a regular basis. What are these magazines? Are they paying to be published? Even those who submit excellent work to a magazine may be turned down simply because there is not enough space in upcoming issues.
It is very easy to get discouraged, but keep in mind that even Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout, and his first business was a failure. Thomas Edison's teachers once told him that he was 'too stupid' to learn anything. The point here is to keep moving, learning and practicing your profession, and putting forth the best effort that you are able to muster at any given point. Although we often are taught to follow the rules, sometimes breaking the rules is a way to get noticed or to stand out. Obviously, that is not to say to be destructive, but create something with a twist that might not win a contest for technical expertise but may stand on its own merits.
Moving forward, even by tip-toe, is still moving forward.