If you could do one thing [today] to be happy, what would you do? That's an important question to ask yourself. We usually know the answer to this question but we don't like answering it. One reason may be that we think we won't be able to do what we want. Another, more common reason, is that we're afraid of being uncomfortable. Having said that, pushing ourselves is one of the best ways to grow. That's why I frequently photograph personal projects that are outside of my photography genre.
Concert photography is a great way to challenge yourself. Photographing in a different genre forces you to think and approach your work very differently. Recently, I took an amazing opportunity to photograph a band I've loved for a long time - I'm talkin Myspace days. It's amazing to see Warpaint come so far over the past 9 years that I've been a fan. I admit that the decision between getting the shot and dancing my butt off was tough.
With concert photography, you're typically told: "No flash, first 3 songs only. Go!" It forces you to leave the training wheels at home. The venues are typically dark and most bands take 3-5 songs to warm up before they start doing the really cool stuff so there are a lot of limitations. That forces you to have to think quickly and see interesting moments. You have to know your camera and you have to have to be sharp about rules that make for good photography.
This is one of my examples of being confident with uncertainty. There was a part of me that felt comfortable staying home that evening. There was a part of me that felt overwhelmed with all the other, unimportant things I convinced myself I had to do that day. However, there was also a part of me that wanted to be better than I was the day before. Making the commitment to push myself was a great decision. One I'd encourage everyone to try.
I would love to hear other people's stories of getting comfortable with discomfort!