I’m always interested to hear how folks we know got into drones. So I guess I’ll start it off here…
Up until like April of 2017 I had never even heard of drones. I used to subscribe to a channel called Mr. Mobile and he was really excited about this tiny drone that DJI just released that could be controlled by hand gestures and a phone.
I didn’t know what a drone was so I just watched the video because I liked his tech reviews. That was all I needed. Immediately after that, I figured it was time for an additional hobby. So, like most people, I scoured Youtube for as much information, videos, and reviews as I could. Not too long after that, I stumbled across someone online that was selling their GPS drones off so that they could get into FPV.
I bought his Phantom 4 standard, with a TON of additional drone-related items, for a STEAL. I literally felt like I needed to remove a ski mask from my face after it was all said and done, hahahah.
Anyway, the day I got the drone, I flew it. I had like 50% battery on one battery and the others were dead (shipping safety I guess). I was able to fly for a few minutes around my neighborhood and loved every single minute of it.
I then went out on my first ever drone road trip after the batteries and everything was all charged up and flew through a pine forest, a super long and deep ravine, and around some lake docks. It was the most fun I had in a while. I even had the misses flying the drone that day.
7 drones later and I am still loving it. Sadly, for a while, I had stopped flying for fun. With the addition of our Mini 3 Pro, I have once again begun flying recreationally.
I started as a writer in 2017. After writing abut drones for some time I felt the urge to fly them practically. I got a Mini 2 to fly for fun. I later got a license and started flying them commercially.
It’s pretty obvious through your articles that you have tons of knowledge! I enjoy reading them…
A lot of folks I talk to have pretty much the same story…myself included: getting into the hobby for fun and branching out into paid work. I think it’s the natural progression of many hobbies that also have a commercial aspect to them.
Years ago I had started DJing, just so that we wouldn’t have to have an iPod on shuffle for a white-attire party we had. A month after hopping into the hobby I was getting offers from all over to DJ. That turned into quite the DJ’ing profession, taking me all around Florida and Georgia…
Just this last Christmas I bought one of those little $40 FPV drones for my 5 Y/O son. We had and still have a blast flying it around the house! Shortly after Christmas I realized how happy it made me flying a drone around. Then , it started… For the subsequent 3 months I became OBSESSED! I watched almost every drone related video on YouTube while simultaneously visiting drone manufacturers websites drooling and fantasizing over which drone I would get. Finally a week ago my 10th year wedding anniversary gift arrived, in the shape of a Mini 3 pro with a fly-more combo kit! I’ve since told my wife daily that she has absolutely no idea how elated I am everyday I wake up. There’s SOOOOO MUCH to learn but I can’t wait! I love this new hobby and the people associated with it. The rest is history.