"Ask Me Anything..." is a weekly blog segment where I answer your questions about photography, me, or...anything. Check back next Monday on my Instagram and Facebook pages where I'll be taking all of your questions.
1- If you weren't capturing people's priceless moments, what would you be doing?
This is a great question because it's something I've been thinking a lot about lately. What will I do when, or if, I no longer feel inspired to take pictures? I feel so lucky to have discovered my passion and can't imagine doing anything else to be perfectly honest. I know though that life changes with the seasons and there will more than likely be a day when I may want to pursue a different career. Sometimes your curiosity can lead you in whole new directions.
I'll start by talking about what I used to do before photography, or "BP" as I like to call it. I actually had a career as a Casting Director for about five years. Before that I dabbled in post production assistant work and was even a Page working at CBS. Yes, like Kenneth the Page on 30 Rock. I was that girl who wore a ridiculously outdated red blazer and directed audience members to the bathroom. There were many times I questioned what my college degree had been for. On the plus side, sometimes I got to write out the name tags on The Price is Right. I thought for a long time that I belonged in the entertainment industry in some way but I wasn't sure what outlet was best suited for my creativity. So, I stumbled through a few various internships and short lived assistant jobs. When I was hired as a Casting Director, it seemed like a great fit. I'm extremely passionate about movies and the art of acting so it was a lot of fun for awhile... until it wasn't.
The job, like most jobs in entertainment, was one of the most stressful experiences of my life. I worked in a cubicle in an office with no windows. There were days when I didn't leave my desk for 10 hours. My free spirit felt like it was withering away. I know this sounds dramatic, but I was so out of alignment with how I wanted to live my life when I was at that job. On the plus side, I made some wonderful friends and memories, and learned the value of really hard work. I think my strongest lesson though, was discovering the courage in myself to walk away from a secure income to pursue a life that makes me happy.
Now, moving onto what I would be doing if I wasn't capturing priceless moments. I think, no matter what I do, it will have to allow me to express my creativity in some way. There are many things I've always wanted to pursue but didn't think I was good enough: acting, writing, singing. Perhaps at some point in my life I will have gained the courage to revisit those skills. I could also envision myself working with children in some way. Whether it be teaching or embracing my job as a mommy one day, I would love to work with kids. Perhaps I'll go back to school to learn Interior Design. Maybe I'll decide I want to be a Rocket Scientist (probably not). But, hey, isn't that the beauty in life? We can be anything we want.