Gain as much experience as possible.
If there is one thing that most of the commercial photographers out there can really attest to while they were still in the throes of starting out with and growing their careers, it would have to be the importance of really gaining as much experience as you possibly can while you are still starting out.
When you have virtually nothing yet in your portfolio, you really can’t afford to be all that choosy with the gigs and with the projects that you are being handed with. This is the time in your career wherein you will really have to just go with the flow and more or less try to work with whatever is being handed to you at the end of the day. You can’t afford to nitpick through the possible projects that you will be able to get because this is the time in your life wherein you should take and grab everything that you can take.
Assist more established photographers
You need to keep in mind of the fact that not a lot of people will be all too willing to hire you just yet. Inexperience is one of the non-negotiable aspects of hiring commercial photographers for most of the clients out there so you should be grateful if you are being offered anything at all. More than than, you should also try to see if you will be given the chance to assist other more established commercial photographers out there so that you will be able to gain some experience and get to learn a thing or two from them. Value whatever you learn and try to go ahead and absorb everything that you will be able to absorb because these are technically things that you will be able to go ahead and use as you progress in your career as a commercial photographer.
Make sure as well that you are able to hang around all of the right people.
You are the company that you keep. Try to get in touch with the rest of the other commercial photographers in your area and try to maintain a good relationship with them. These are associations that you should value and keep close as much as possible because there is much to gain from associations such as these. There will be that constant exchange of news and ideas that you will not really get to learn from anywhere else. More than that, when you are able to expand your social connections like that, you also get to unknowingly network out to the rest of the other commercial photographers out there. It is an extremely important connection that you will be able to value and really get to take care of and it is something that will also eventually take care of you as well.
Don’t pressure yourself
You also need to constantly remind yourself that it will take time before you will be able to go ahead and master your commercial photography and be in the same rank as with the other commercial photographers out there. If you don’t get to master everything all in one go, don’t pressure yourself too much over it. Most of the commercial photographers out there didn’t get to do that in a short period of time either.