If you have been doing anything that involves a skill for any amount of time, then you need to find others that do, whatever it is, that you do and do it with them.
That is essentially what I am trying to tell you. It’s a mouthful but it is also very true. If you are a beginner or a warn veteran it doesn’t matter. The gathering of folks with the same interests and lots of passion is a motivator, a rejuvenator. It gets you off your butt and moving in the right direction. Listening to the new ideas of younger, fresher participants blows out the cobwebs. Hearing war stories and absorbing the raw experience of more journeyed crafts people is the most valuable lesson you can get. The sharing, asking and answering is a bounty of stimulation for your energy, heart and brain.
Go and seek out a workshop. They are available in a wide variety of disciplines. The dictionary definition is: An educational seminar or series of meetings emphasizing interaction and exchange of information among a usually small number of participants:
I spent a Saturday very recently at a photography workshop. It had an unusual theme. The theme was SNAKES. There were 75 live snakes available to handle and photograph with the MODELS. Yep models. Not hired models but models that were fellow attendees also looking to share with their peers and photographers. The snakes and the models came in various forms, both male and female and all were uniquely beautiful. There was a strong spirit of the theatrical and the creative. I was amazed at the energy I absorbed just being around all that creative juice. It was absolutely amazing.
I have attended workshops in the past and they always brought life back to my work. Nobody seems to talk about how they feel after these things. They just give overviews of the work they did or the lessons they learned. Those descriptions sell this experience very short.
So pick one that sounds interesting, has a leader you admire or just sounds like a fun experience. Then get off your duff and GO.
A couple of recommendations.
One professional I can recommend for my fellow photographers is Chris Marquardt of "Tips From The Top Floor" podcast fame.
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