You’ve likely seen others making a living the same way as Meghan Young on Instagram; professional photographers or videographers who upload beautiful images and films to their thousands of followers on the social media network, some of which are sponsored by brands and companies.
While many might think they have the most glamorous jobs in the world, all that glitters is not necessarily gold.
In this sixth episode from Bloomberg’s mini-documentary series Next Jobs, which zooms in on careers of the future, the media company takes you behind-the-scenes of professional Instagram photographer Young, who gets paid to hike scenic mountains and share these adventures with like-minded individuals who follow her on the Gram.
While Young is grateful that she is able to do what she loves—being outdoors, enjoying nature, sharing the upsides of living an active lifestyle with others—the digital native highlights real stresses of the job, including this career’s over-dependence on the social media platform, analyzing viewership and other data that can lead to mental health issues if not managed properly, and the ambiguity of where her next project or sponsored post might come from.
Learn more about this lifestyle and career choice inside Bloomberg’s short film below.
[via Bloomberg, main image via video screenshot]