When we are children, we are told that we can be anything we want. Firefighter, President of the United States, the next Coco Chanel... "The possibilities are endless!" At what point do we start to give up on our biggest dreams for the practical route? Growing up, I thought that I was going to be on E! News and be the next Giuliana Rancic. Once I got to college, I realized that I could do just about anything! After a few rounds of changing my major, I stuck with Photography and something just clicked. That being said, just because I went down a different path than I originally planned, my dreams didn't get any smaller. I am a firm believer that anything is possible with hard work, commitment, and perseverance. The second you start doubting yourself, you start inching away from those big dreams. If you don't believe in them and in yourself, who will?
The first step is ignoring how impossible something may be. Once you start believing that your dream job is impossible or unattainable, you've already taken three steps back before you can take one step forward. I have never been able to understand why someone would settle for something that's convenient instead of going out and doing something they have always dreamed of doing. You have this one life to do whatever you want to do. Become the next President, write a novel, run a non-profit organization for something you believe in, be the next big photographer in National Geographic... Whatever it is, you CAN do it! Be persistent, think outside the box, and never give up. Play your strengths and showcase what you can do that makes you special.
A little over a year ago, I realized that out of all the photography paths I could go down, I wanted to explore concert photography. I had my first go with concert photography almost two years ago and did it just for fun, not thinking anything of it. Months later, I looked back at those pictures and realized how fantastic and rewarding it was to shoot photos of musicians. There's something so inspiring and enthralling about shooting musicians when they are in their element. They work so hard for everything they do and when they get to perform live to the people who support them the most, you can see the genuine love and appreciation in their eyes. When they're on stage, the passion and energy in their performances truly set my creative heart on fire. I want to capture those moments to serve as reminders of when they felt most alive and also when I felt most alive. When I shoot a concert, there is nothing I would rather be doing and no place I would rather be. On the flip side, being able to snap photos of their quiet moments backstage, behind-the-scenes, and when they are working in the studio tells a completely different, yet equally compelling story. For these reasons and many more, it's MY dream job to be a tour photographer and work with a band whom I believe in and fully support.
No matter how impossible something may seem, you can do it. Take your first step forward and start putting together a plan. When something doesn't work, just remember: When Thomas Edison was trying to create the light bulb, he didn't fail. He found 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb, but only needed to find one way to make it work. (Yes. Yes, I did just quote Nicolas Cage in National Treasure quoting Thomas Edison.)
We are in control of who we become. It's all on us as individuals, not others, to make things happen for ourselves. That being said...