I’ve made a new connection on LinkedIn recently who gave a brief introduction about them self and some of their recent experiences with the direction they are heading in. I felt like I could use that as inspiration to write a little about my own story. It’s maybe not that exciting for some people but perhaps there are a few who are interested.

So, here it is (the short version!):

In the summer of 2016 I decided that I would leave my job in IT to pursue a different direction, one that involved photography and writing. In early 2017 I was unemployed and I knew it was a risk but there’s a thrill that comes with that and in my early 30s I felt like it was a good time to make the change.

I’m poorer than I was back then, but I certainly don’t regret it. There are lots of period of self doubt to but I consider success to be relative and haven’t question my decision. Sometimes it’s hard to realise just how valuable your own time is, especially when you’re not necessarily getting paid for it. I’m at the stage now where I’m considering part time work to help fund my journey but I don’t want to lose sight of what I want to achieve.

Success to me is relative and when I look back over the last 18-24 months it’s nice to see exactly what I have managed.

– Worked with Dr Kate Russo
– Had images published in online magazines
– Shot the inside cover of a music album for KASHKA
– Lived in Calgary (Canada) and Santa Cruz (Madeira) as well as spending time at home.
– Worked with Calgary Women’s Centre and WP Puppet Theatre
– Currently in talks with Simon Community about a project

Photography and writing are very competitive markets, I’ve accepted I’m not going to make a lot of money from either (but there’s still a chance someone might decide my stuff is worth a lot!). Instead, what I want to do is help other people develop and build confidence to showcase their own work. One thing I’ve learned from my travels and putting myself in different environments it’s that lots of places are filled with talented and creative people but it’s hard for them to promote them self.

There’s a selfish element to all of this too of course, it makes me feel good.

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