Thursday, April 3, 2008

Well I was hoping to do a bunch of photoshopping tonight ( I really want to start tackling my Prague pics before I get my 3 rolls of film back), but for some reason my Adobe bridge wont open.. so I'm going to do a bit of writing instead. I was lucky enough today to meet with the editor of a photo magazine which is completely for/about freelance photographers. To be honest I was very nervous about the situaion because it was really the first time showing my portfolio to anyone who would give me any real feedback. Also, I know I'm not usually very good about talking about my own work and was very worried about having to explain it to someone who knew nothing about me or what I've been doing. In the end I think I did a rather good job (or at least they seemed to at least not be disgusted by my work or what I said), and I really learned a lot. We actually had a very relevent conversation about doing what you WANT and not just whats convenient. This is an issue I've been thinking about quite a bit lately as college is quickly coming to an end. Unfortunately at some point I'm going to have to decide whether I am actually going to try and pursue some sort of career in the arts rather than simply following my original career path of highschool math teacher. This decision is something that I think about on a daily basis, and quite frankly it scares me to death. I've always sorda thought that attempting to pursue a career in photography would be as pointless as trying to become a supermodel, because it would never happen. However, I was given a thread of hope today with a bit of interesting advice that if you have an ounce of talent (which apparently I do?) and work as hard as you possibly can (day and night, NO excuses), then you make it.. because theres no other option. I dont know if thats true or not, but I sorda like it so I'm going to believe it.
Not sure where I'm going with this exactly, and I dont want to ramble too much...
All in all I think today was a really good experience in contact making, talking about my work, and taking critisism on it.. and yea, I still have NO idea what I'm going to do when I get out of college but I DO know that I have to do whats going to make me happy. Hopefully I can figure out what that is.

1 comment:

pitchertaker said...

sounds to me like what another couple of people I know have been telling you all along.