How to Become a Professional at Your Craft

A professional is someone who gets paid. Someone who is respected for their craft, who’s taken seriously. So… what’s holding you back from being a professional?

Maybe the answer is you.

Become a professional
Photo credit: Matthew Keefe (Creative Commons)

Recently, I had a conversation with Aaron McHugh and Justin Lukasavige for a podcast they co-hosted (I was the guest). They asked a lot of great questions, and it was a fun dialogue about comfort, calling, and building genuine relationships online.

I have a lot of conversations like this but rarely get to record them. I thought the insights were valuable and might be interesting to some of you. So I asked if I could share it on my blog, and they were kind enough to let me.

Listen to the interview


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Show highlights

Here are some of the highlights from the show:

  • How I found and developed my writing voice
  • What it takes to connect with influential people online
  • When I stopped acting the amateur and finally turned pro with my craft
  • The 1000-hour rule of proficiency and practice
  • Why artists need to claim their craft before they create their best work
  • How to serve your way into influential relationships and get people to take you seriously

Be sure to check out Aaron’s site. He has a lot of great thought bombs. Justin also has a great site, full of helpful content. They’re both good. 🙂


If you want to hear more of these types of interviews (or have a podcast that you want to interview me for), check out my Media page.

When did you become a professional? Or are you still waiting to become who you are? Share in the comments.

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