Fast track photographer is a book focussed on the 'skill of being a photographer', rather than the skill of photography. I believe it is a unique take on a business-orientated book, guiding your development by helping you think for yourself and shape your own unique path. This 'greater self knowledge' is something many shy away from, especially if they have trained for a particular path, and I trust that many will benefit greatly from being brave and reading this book with an open mind. Dane's writing is charming, honest, personable and a joy to read; I felt that I was in conversation with him, which is a real gift.
I am in my late-twenties with a full time academic position. I see in my own profession, and those varied professions of my peers, that the world is changing - we are no longer able to succeed following the formula that those before us devised - it is clear that we will need to write new rules to succeed in this new climate. The principles Dane lays out in this book are of value to a much wider audience than aspiring photographers, and I urge you to read it. If you, like me, have been searching for your place, then this book is for you - it asks thorough and difficult questions about who you are and what you want. With excellent guided exercises, it has given me great direction, not only in the business of photography but in a general approach to both my professional and personal life.
The book comes with free access to one round of the online assessment tool `pDNA' - 150 multiple choice questions, the outcome of which is a breakdown of your personality traits as a photographer. This is designed to help you recognise where you are starting from, and it is suggested you take this test once a year to follow your development. You can also join the online forum to connect with other photographers who have used `pDNA' - another invaluable resource. I would strongly suggest that you take the test when advised to in the book (not before reading or when you finish the book) and follow the exercises through as directed, to explore your results and get the most out of it. Take your time with this book - I believe you will feel empowered by what you learn about yourself.
Read `Fast Track Photographer' with an open mind and Dane's considered guidance will arm you with an incredible set of tools to allow you to flourish is what is undoubtedly a changing world. Read this if you don't have an open mind, and find your cynicism softened by Dane's honesty and genuine desire to help enable the success of fellow creative people. Whoever you are, I believe that you will take away something which will beneficially alter your perceptions.