Make Photos “On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life”


The Onion has published a humorous tongue-in-cheek piece that many non-professional photography enthusiasts may find very thought provoking. It’s titled “Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life.” In the commentary, author ‘David Ferguson’ writes,

I have always been a big proponent of following your heart and doing exactly what you want to do. It sounds so simple, right? But there are people who spend years—decades, even—trying to find a true sense of purpose for themselves. My advice? Just find the thing you enjoy doing more than anything else, your one true passion, and do it for the rest of your life on nights and weekends when you’re exhausted and cranky and just want to go to bed.

It could be anything—music, writing, drawing, acting, teaching—it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that once you know what you want to do, you dive in a full 10 percent and spend the other 90 torturing yourself because you know damn well that it’s far too late to make a drastic career change, and that you’re stuck on this mind-numbing path for the rest of your life.

If you’re reading this blog and you can relate to this satire piece, that ‘thing’ for you is probably photography. It seems to be hitting home for many, many people, as the article has gone quite viral online over the past few days.

Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life [The Onion via Reddit]

Image credit: Photo illustration based on Cubicle Sweet Cubicle by DDFic

  • David Liang


  • Matt

    Ouch! Stop reminding me of my ongoing quarter-life crisis!

  • Ivor Wilson

    I’m sorry, this is proving to be far too close to the truth for me to continue. Therefore, it is crap.


  • robisrob

    I happen to think there’s a great deal of truth to this tongue in cheek suggestion. I have seen many friends pursue their hobbies as a career only to ruin their hobbies. Chefs, brewers, artists, musicians – what you do for a living can’t possibly be as fun once you’re being paid (read: forced) to do day in and day out. Very very few of us truly love our jobs, it’s why we get paid to do them. Isn’t it important to have a separate, more enjoyable life to go home to after work?

  • Eziz

    I used to enjoy coding, until I started making money out of it, that is. Now I enjoy photography on my weekends.

  • tiredofit123

    Exactly, I never tried to make photography my profession as I would have to make money on a schedule and do things artistically I would not always agree with. As a hobby I do what I want when the inspiration hits me.

  • robisrob

    that’s true too. What percent of professionals are free to explore their art and get paid for it? I imagine most take pictures of products and portraits of strangers they’ve got as many examples of as they’ve had clients. Like when you cook in a restaurant, you cook the same 8 dishes over and over and over and over.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Personally, I can’t imagine enjoying any hobby once the word “client” is thrown into the equation.

  • Tam Nguyen Photography

    I love that the sources of this article are reddit and onion. Since when they did become the sources of news?

  • Syuaip

    You. Need. A. Laugh.

  • harumph

    I love it when people don’t understand the concept of satire. Especially when it’s clearly labeled “satire.”

  • Cajetan Barretto

    TheOnion is reaching a point where their content is much more reliable than actual news sites – much like how the Daily Show is more credible than actual news channels.

  • Nick Fancher

    Obvious Tam troll is obvious.