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Being a Teenage Photographer

Like seriously, why do people doubt our skills?

Hi, I'm Makayla, I'm 17 years old, and I love taking pictures.

Being a photographer in this day and age, we have access to a lot of information, but for some odd reason... teenagers are still doubted on their skills as a photographer.

I understand that we're young and all, but we still take things—that we have a passion for—seriously. We're misunderstood in the world of adults that think they know better than us; maybe in some things they do, but in some things they don't.

I believe that adults doubt the younger generations because the adults of today don't understand that we're gonna be the generations of the future. We will be the ones who determine what happens in the future. We are the future. That's why I encourage whatever my friends or my younger family to do what they want to do. If they want to be an artist, go for it... or if they wanna be a fireman, go for it... do whatever you wanna do because it's your life and you need to live it.

Kids are believing that they're not good enough to do what they want because of what the adults tell them. They believe them because they look up to them. So, now we have these kids that are confused and doubted on, and they don't know what they're gonna do or what they wanna be because every adult around them is telling them they can't do whatever because it's not good enough—or that they're better than that job. I think kids nowadays are believing way too much from the adults around them, especially if it comes to a dream college or a dream job. I want kids to know that whatever you wanna do, or wherever you wanna go, go for it, and if you wanna do it, do it.

Kids, teens, and young adults should not have to worry so much about their futures. We’re kids, we’re too old for some things, but too young for others—why does everyone expect us to know what we want to do after spending most of our childhoods in school? We’re supposed to know where we want to go to college, our jobs, our homes, and if we want to have a family by a certain age. But most of us just want to live life as we know now. We want to have a little fun before we settle down into nine-to-five jobs. Some of us don’t even want nine-to-five jobs, and we’re criticized for wanting a different kind of job. I understand that parents want the best for their children, but I’d believe they’d want their children happy—not sad in a job they hate, but in a job they love and actually have passion for. Take me for example, I want to be an artist, photographer, writer, and YouTuber, but I’m constantly downed for not wanting a normal job, for not wanting to go to a normal college. I’m constantly being thrown down because of the career choices I want to make. I’m told that I won’t make it out in the real world. But they don’t understand that I know the real world, and I’m prepared for whatever it throws at me. I’m gonna do what I wanna do while I have the time to do it. I’m gonna live life wherever it takes me and I’m gonna have as much fun as I can—I’m here for a good time, not living life in an office and being sad all the time... no thanks.

I just wanted to make this problem aware for all the young adults and teenagers, since I'm one of those doubted teenagers.