When people learn that I started a business in dental school, they often wonder why. Thinking back to my first year, I knew I needed more. I was stressed. I had no outlet. I decided then that I needed to occupy my free time with things that I love. So, I bought a camera and a 35mm lens with some tax refund money from my gap year and started CM Photography LLC.
Fast forward to 2018 where I shot my first proposal, engagement, wedding and became a certified printmaker. I achieved my initial financial goal of grossing five-figures, and I’m so proud of myself to be able to say I did. But I couldn’t have done it without these four things.
1. Support systems. Dental school cannot be done alone. Owning your own business is the exact same. I would not be able to manage if I didn’t have my fiancé Tanya to assist me during my shoots or to help me relax after a stressful day. A powerful support system is essential to having the creative energy to trudge through the proverbial “mud.” Sure, you could do it alone. Would I suggest that? Zero chance.
Finish reading this article in the May issue of Contour magazine.
~Christian Mullin, Maryland ’20, Chapter Class Co-Social Chair
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