This past week I was reading a few comments on a Facebook post and one was from a particularly frustrated photographer in the south. So, I did what I often do, picked up the phone and called him. He was surprised to get the call, but before he was ready to talk about the challenges in his business, he wanted me to know he was "just a little guy" completely unknown in the industry.
When I read the following quote this morning, it got me thinking about how so many of you see yourself...
"Just because people are doing extraordinary things doesn't mean they're not ordinary people."
This industry is as wonderful as it is, because of all you little guys. You're the mortar holding the bricks together and you're doing some extraordinary things. You experiment with technique, you push the edge of the envelope, you challenge all the paradigms and you rarely accept "NO" as the answer to anything.
It's just a short simple concept this morning - stop apologizing for being passionate. Remember that everybody had to start somewhere. Believe in the path you've chosen for a career, because the journey you're on is going to be remarkable.
Found this on YouTube from the Our Gang series in the '30's....
Make it a terrific Sunday...hug somebody special and as I read in an article recently, hugs lasting at least ten seconds can actually have therapeutic value. Try it and you'll see what I mean.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.