“At this point in my career, either someone gets it, or they don’t. If they want to work with me, let’s make it happen! If they want to have me bid against a bunch of other photographers to drive the price down, I am not interested.
“Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
As you surely know already, Steve Jobs passed away – a visionary who changed the way we use and interact with technology. He helped create valuable, elegant tools that just work and enabled millions to do inspiring, efficient, creative work. These tools fundamentally changed the way we interact and create every day.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.
I love me a good fairy tale. Who doesn’t? Almost everywhere you look today there’s an inspiring story with a happy ending – usually a-rags-to-riches narrative of sheer human determination, pristine perseverance, and a drive to overcome adversity. We all love those stories. I dare say sometimes we live for them – secretly hoping and dreaming that our own lives would one day miraculously transform.
“It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
One of my really good friends was getting married and despite knowing my “sole-proprietor” status (as I hear singlehood is now termed in entrepreneurial circles), sent me an invitation for two to their wedding ceremony. How ironic. Either way, I happily accepted the invitation. Days flew past and I didn’t put much thought into the issue of my “escort”. On the day of the wedding, still with no suitable company, I consoled myself with the often wise words of my friend Steve who says, “you don’t carry the sun to the beach – you only pack your choice of sunscreen.”
A fellow commercial/advertising photographer and good friend of mine (he doesn’t know it yet though), Chase Jarvis, recently wrote: WHO you are matters less now than ever before. Pedigrees no longer matter. You can go from nobody to famous, or rich, or happy, or successful without anyone else’s permission.