My journey as a photographer has gone in the direction it has because I placed a high value on WHO I would let influence and inspire HOW I was going to run my own business. It looks different for everyone, trust me.
There are many ways to be educated incorrectly. I feel that it is very important to have the same values and intentions when it comes to who you learn from. You wouldn’t go ask a pastry chef how to cook a filet mignon because that is not the field that they are a master in, right? Same goes for photography. I get that there are THOUSANDS of photographers offering education, but that doesn’t mean it was meant for everyone.
One thing that is extremely important about mentorship is understanding what chapter you are in because you want to figure out how to get from chapter 2 to chapter 5 and not stay stuck in chapter 3.