Turning Your Private Passion into a Career

Something you’re doing right now—it might even be a hobby—could lead to a whole new job. Here, two women who made it happen

by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Barrie Lynn Krich, shown here with 180-pound wheels of Emmentaler made by Edelweiss Creamery, an artisanal cheese company in Wisconsin.
Photograph: Photographed by Sarah Wilson

The sadness she once felt is gone. Her outlook on life has become positive. “I’m not married, and I always had this feeling it might not ever be in the cards for me,” she says. “Being a wedding photographer has ­given me the hope that true love does exist. I have this sense of peace that if it happens, it’ll be wonderful, and if it doesn’t, I’ll be OK, because I’m so fulfilled with my career, my friends and family.”  

Jennifer Jeanne Patterson is the author of 52 Flights: A Newlywed's Confession.

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First published in the March 2013 issue

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Vicky 03.15.2013

There are lots of good ways to learn if you are ready to start up a business of your own. One of the best I know of, is Wicked Start (www.wickedstart.com), which walks you step-by-step through the process, from idea to launch.

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