4 Lessons Alice Gao Has Learned From Being a Travel Photographer

Caitie Schlisserman

Without having any gigs booked, Alice Gao quit her consulting job to pursue a career in photography. “I think when I started out, I was young and naïve and didn’t even realize most of the challenges I’d be facing,” Gao says. Fast-forward five years, the mega-successful photographer—who has a shocking 984k+ Instagram followers—has learned how to run her own thriving business. From negotiating usage rights and toasting her big wins to learning how to improvise, here are four things creative people should always keep in mind when forging their own career paths.

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