Juggling two roles is how many business owners start out. Trying to raise vital funds to enable them to launch their dream business as their full time career. I caught up with Sam who is currently wearing 3 professional hats! She is the founder of Frog & Field, a Graphic Design and Photography Company, she’s also a Registered Veterinary Nurse and recently set up an equine stock images platform. She certainly boasts an entrepreneurial mind but how does she keep it all in line?
- What’s your employed role and how long have you been doing it?
“I am employed as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) at a referral hospital. My role is now Head of Training and I have been there for 8 years. With a small break at the half way point to get my Teaching Qualifications.
- At what point did you start the photography and why?
Just over a year ago. I qualified as a teacher and thought this was where my career path was going to lead too. However, I missed animals, being outside and found teaching relentlessly stressful. Even a horrendous day in the Vet Nursing world was a breeze compared to teaching. So I found myself considering my 10-year plan. I had studied graphic design and photography but didn’t pursue it as career. I think had I known then that equine photographer was such a thing that’s what I would have done.
I’m not ready to ditch my greens yet so currently I am doing the two jobs alongside each other. I also decided in my madness to set up an equine stock images site so currently technically I’m up to three jobs!
- Has photography always been your dream?
Honestly, no! I was lucky at school that I found most things easy however this lead to me being confused when selecting A-Levels and GCSEs. The one thing I was sure of was that I loved horses but as I wasn’t an especially good rider I wasn’t sure how to make that a living. My horse love was pretty much the only thing I could be certain off. Over the past 14 years I’ve worked on a dressage yard, an equine hospital, a college and a number of veterinary practices.
Finally, I feel like I have found what I truly love and was meant to do. That doesn’t mean I don’t have niggles and doubts; I think it’s part of my personality to constantly strive for more and want new challenges but this doesn’t feel like a job. I have fun every weekend and meet some amazing people.
- What’s the one thing that keeps the 2 working seamlessly?
Umm, it doesn’t work seamlessly! I am really lucky that the Vet Practice I am at now supports me. I have hours that work well for the photography and I don’t work Mondays or Fridays. Allowing me to attend events and also edit. I guess having an understanding boss is probably crucial and actually makes all of this possible. As well as having some fab clients!
- What’s your one goal with your photography?
To be a millionaire! 😉 In all seriousness I just want to create beautiful images that people love and want to cherish. Images that I can look at and be proud to say that’s my work.
- What are your top 3 tips to anyone juggling the 2?
- Get a diary. None of this online malarkey, a proper pen and paper diary that you can plan and schedule everything
- Learn how to use Facebook scheduling- it’s the only way I can publish at my prime times.
- Allocate days/times for each business and use the random spare times, like lunches or the 15 minutes before you start the employed role.
- What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
Just keep going, remember your life doesn’t improve by luck it improves by hard work and change. Embrace the change and just keep going. The light always comes after darkness-think of dawn.”
And those are some fine words to live by! Thank you Sam!
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