Almost nothing worthwhile is easy, and it’s hard to just jump in and be good at something difficult right off the bat.
“Get big and popular, then just flip the switch and start making money when we feel like it”. There is no switch. The only reliable way to succeed at anything is to actually do it, repeatedly, with concentrated effort. True for individuals, and true for organizations. Athletes, artists, businesses.
In her memoir, One Writer’s Beginnings, published in 1984, Welty paid respects to picture-taking by noting: “I learned in the doing how ready I had to be. Life doesn’t hold still. A good snapshot stopped a moment from running away. Photography taught me that to be able to capture transience, by being ready to click the shutter at the crucial moment, was the greatest need I had. Making pictures of people in all sorts of situations, I learned that every feeling waits upon its gesture; and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it.”
She added: “These were things a story writer needed to know. And I felt the need to hold transient life in words—there’s so much more of life that only words can convey— strongly enough to last me as long as I lived.”