What I recently discovered though, is that the difference between an amateur and a professional has very little to do with skill level. It has much more to do with the underlying reason for the activity.
Amateur is a French word meaning, “lover of”. A true amateur is someone who pursues a certain activity or craft in an un-paid manner. They’re in it simply for the love of the game. A professional on the other hand, is someone who pursues a certain activity or craft for reward. Professionals show up to be paid for their work.
I believe it’s important to do what you love. I also believe it’s important to be paid for good, quality work. Which leaves me with a dilemma. Do I become a professional or an amateur?
I realize now that perhaps I don’t have to choose. Perhaps I can become a Proamateur, someone who pursues a certain craft or activity for love and money.