This is one of those blog posts that's hard for me to categorize because there are so many elements I'm hoping you'll think about. It's about relationship building, pursuing your dreams, building your skill set and redefining various aspects of your business. It's also about friendships, and Brad Walsh is a prime example.
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.
Here are the points that made me want to share this small part of Brad's story:
Believe in your dreams. They were given to you for a reason.
Last on the list is about friendships. I haven't spent a lot of time with Brad, but there's respect for what he's doing and the dream he's chasing. For years I've said the best thing about this industry has nothing to do with photography, but the friendships that come out of everyone's love for the craft. Well, as hokey as it sounds, I couldn't be more proud of what Brad's accomplishing. It's going to be a kick to watch his business and style change and grow in the years ahead.
So, to Brad, nicely done buddy, and to all of you chasing your dreams, whether you're just starting or a seasoned veteran:
You're never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream!