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Professional photography is a competitive field. A search for local photographers will yield hundreds if not thousands of results, all vying for the attention of the same pool of clients. Sure, it is possible to distinguish yourself through aggressive networking or by labeling yourself a portrait, landscape, or wildlife photographer. In many places, however, this does surprisingly little to shorten your list of competitors. A more fruitful strategy is to seek work in an entirely different field, one in which your skills as a photographer will be viewed as a highly desirable asset. Here are five fields that make great photography careers:

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With aspirations to pursue a career in performing arts, amateurs strive to get discovered. Some pick up unpaid gigs and partake in random street performances, all in the hopes that a passerby is a talent scout. While others are still straining to obtain the reality of their dream, only a rare few are lucky enough to have their talents recognized by a professional. Making a profitable living from a performing arts career may seem far-fetched because of the many competitors fighting for the same spotlight. Similar to every other job, it can be a struggle to stay ahead of the many dreamers striving for the same position. The more competitive the job market is for a particular career, the harder the interview will be. Besides catching a recruiter’s eye at a play or show, there are other beneficial ways to take your performing arts career to new heights and make a name for yourself in the industry. Depending on your field of interest, here’s a list of career-enhancing degrees and other beneficial ways to advance your career in performing arts:

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