“Don’t wait for the perfect moment or until you have created everything perfectly.”
Shares Bori Bojthe, Award-Winning Portrait Photographer and Visual Storyteller who empowers female entrepreneurs to stand out in a crowded market place through the power of portrait photos.
Bori Bojthe started her new career back in her country Hungary. She always liked photography, but didn’t really do much about it up until she got a birthday present that changed her future.
Inspired from her childhood when she didn’t feel good enough, clever enough, pretty enough she made it her mission to photograph women who ever looked into the mirror and not felt good enough!
And not only that! Bori’s creative spirit helped her design unique virtual brand photoshoots and business selfies online workshop. All of that while taking care of her 2 children as a single mum. Discover Bori’s story, struggles and tips on how to stop doubting yourself and start doing what you actually love.
Where do you come from and where are you based now?
I was born in Hungary behind the iron curtain, and I have lived in the UK for seven years. I’m based in Aylesbury, Bucks, but travel countrywide and worldwide for work.
As a child did you have a dream job?
When I was a child, I wanted to be an astronomer for a really long time. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a dream job, but it definitely was something I was and still am passionate about and extremely interested in. However, I have a different carrier. I’m still really drawn to the sky filled with stars and could look at images and videos of the universe for hours.
I had different jobs before I found my real passion, photography. I worked in different corporate jobs, but I never felt fulfilled or content in my jobs. Yes, maybe because they only were jobs that I did for the money and for passion.
When and how did you discover direction for your ideal job, career or business?
I always liked photography, but I didn’t really do much about it up until I received a decent DSLR camera as a birthday present. Then I took a course to learn how to use that camera first and then to learn more about photography. And I have been keep learning ever since. I guess this is a never-ending learning story.
I feel lucky that I have a profession that I love, and I never feel like working when I’m photographing somebody. I love seeing the transformation my clients go through during the photoshoot experience. I often change the way they see themselves, which positively affects their confidence in every part of their lives.
How did you recognize your genius – what are you best at doing in your career or business?
Good questions. I haven’t or didn’t. But the reaction and feedback I received from my clients were heartwarming.
I often saw them having happy tears and saying out loud, that OMG is this really me? Is this how you see me? And this often happened even if they came to me for business photos.
What is your ideal job or position in business now? Why you do what you do right now?
My why goes back to my upbringing, I guess. I never felt good enough, clever enough, pretty enough.
When I started my photography career, I just wanted to take nice images of women, everyday women. To show them that they are enough the way they are right now. My driving force is to photograph all women who ever looked into the mirror and not felt good enough.
I help them accept themselves and feel comfortable in their skin, which will boost their confidence and empower them in every part of their life, professional life and personal.
I transform women through my images and empower entrepreneurs through this transformation. I’m a multi-award-winning brand and portrait photographer. My work has been exhibited in The Louvre and featured in The Exposure Award Portrait Collection book.
Work and life balance – what does it mean to you and how do you keep it?
Work and life balance is not easy. I believe that there are periods when you work really hard, more than a normal working day, so when you finish a launch, you will be able to spend much more time with your family and loved ones. Much more than you would be able to if you worked in a 9-5 job.
I’m a single mum to 2 children. I’m trying to navigate work during school hours and on those days when my kids are with dad, so I can spend quality time with them when we are together.
I love the flexibility of being an entrepreneur and being my own boss. Of course, it also requires me to be persistent and resilient and do the job when It needs to be done as I’m responsible for my own business.
What have you learned on your dream job journey? What were the most difficult things you had to overcome?
I learned a lot about myself, what I’m capable of and where are my limits. I also learned that I love learning something new, and I run my own business. I also learned that successfully running a business requires you to be open-minded and be able to consume new knowledge. Even if you outsource a certain part of your business, to find the right person to help, you need to have at least a basic knowledge about that part so that you can choose the best help.
Also, I learned that this is my way. I’m not a 9-5 material. I enjoy the freedom and also the responsibility of running a business. In the beginning, it was difficult to put myself out on social media. To become vulnerable, to share things about myself as well, not just about my business, or just to show up and become the face of my business. But with small steps, I overcome my fear of judgement and imposter syndrome.
I believe that limits only exist in our minds, and being an entrepreneur also will come with self-development, always learning, evolving.
How did you make your career change/starting your business work financially?
I started my photography carrier in my early 30s. This wasn’t my first business, I had 2 other businesses before, so it wasn’t entirely new to me. However, I learned photography parallel with building my business, so it wasn’t easy.
On the other hand, I started my business in the right time because I was the only photographer offering this type of service to everyday women, professional hair and makeup, styling, so I became very popular in a really short period of time. I’m talking about a couple of months, and I had a waiting list without advertising myself properly
The good side of this was that I didn’t have to worry about finding new clients, marketing myself and doing all the business stuff and was able to focus on learning more and more about photographing this genre. BUT it also had disadvantages, that when I moved to the UK, where nobody knew me, I didn’t really know how to get my name out and how to find new clients. It was a really difficult period.
Not just I had to find my way and settle in a new country, different culture, I also had to learn how to run my business the right way. I had to overcome my fear of putting myself out there and learning how to market myself properly and create a structure in my business.
Which 3 tips would you give to someone who is right now considering changing jobs, career or starting freelance?
My tips and advice if you consider changing carrier, whether it is a new job or starting your business.
- Choose something you LOVE, it sounds cliché that if you love your work, you will never work a day in your life again. But this is true. I love what I do so much that I regularly arrange photo sessions, even when travelling for fun. Because I love doing it, it fills me up with energy and gives me joy.
- You need to step out of your comfort zone. The really good things only happen outside of it. You need to be prepared for these changes to develop a different mindset, especially if you plan to start your business.
- Don’t wait for the perfect moment or until you have created everything perfectly. Take the leap and do what you are planning, and will make it perfect on the go.
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Author: AdriAna Kosovska
Certified coach & founder of ZERO TO DREAM JOB
Helping unfulfilled professionals and freelancers in 30s & 40s create a rewarding career
Dream job & Career Development | Stress management | Talents development