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| p.2 #2 · What is the definition of a professional photographer |
I only offered those up as points or thoughts to the existing discussion. The Illinois "definition" is quite simple compared to many of the suggested definitions. It simply requires one to be in the business (profession). It doesn't set a baseline of training, of results, of behavior or even require profitability. It is just, in it's context, one place where a "state" has given a definition. One might compare that to other definitions that could be found for other occupations/professions. They often include levels of training, experience, testing, certifications, etc.
The "question" on profit was sort of tongue in cheek because some suggestions are that one getting paid or making money (making a profit?) makes one a professional. And as you pointed out, there are circumstances where profit is not made intentionally or in some cases, unintentionally, yet the person might well be viewed as a professional because they are in business, take money, behave to the highest standards, have experience, education, training, etc.
I'd definitely agree that other entities would have their own meaningful definitions. They could take a very different viewpoint of something like, "I'm not really in business, I just want to pay for my hobby."