Brad and I first met when I was doing "Skip's Summer School." His full-time job was with Ernst & Young, but he had that dream, so many of you have of one day being a full-time artist. We've kept in touch through Facebook, and a few months ago he went full-time as a photographer. On Thursday he shared a post about some of his images being featured as part of the office decor for his old employer.
I had a meeting yesterday with the powers that be...and selected the 6 pieces that will adorn the walls...EY has provided me with this opportunity and has given me the chance to share my work...It will be an incredible feeling to walk through the building and see MY ART hanging on the walls...I am able to leave a legacy with the firm after working there for 12 1/2 years. I am so thankful and appreciative to the people that provided this opportunity to me.
- Brad worked for Ernst and Young for 12 1/2 years, and in leaving kept the door open to the relationship and pride he had about the people he worked with. No quick exit that left them hanging, but a relationship built on trust and friendships that's one more building block in his foundation of being a full-time artist.
- Everyone has a powerful core dream, but so often we lose patience and give up. Brad's stayed on course, never slowing down on building a stronger skill set and the vision for his business.
- You can't fake it 'till you make it in photography. Brad's never stopped building his skills as both an artist and a businessman. In fact, we're one of the few career choices where continuing education is a necessity - it's the only way to keep up with technology.
- Your business in photography today needs to be diverse. First, you don't want to be a one trick pony and have all your eggs in just one basket. Second, special projects, outside your day-in-day-out business, keep your creativity and passion for the craft alive and healthy. They help you avoid burnout, boredom and keep your attitude tack-sharp. You can't create images that tug at people's heartstrings if your own heart isn't in it!
So, to Brad, nicely done buddy, and to all of you chasing your dreams, whether you're just starting or a seasoned veteran: