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Last year I worked 2 jobs; the first was a software as a service (SaaS) firm and the second was a software/hardware retail job. The SaaS job was easy and paid ok but my boss never really knew why I was hired for his Business Development team. It wasn’t long before working there became shitty. It wasn’t hostile per se, mostly just uncomfortable. I was one of the few people working there that wasn’t mormon and as such I was treated like an outsider. It was about 7 months in before I was transferred to another department.
My night job can be extremely stressful; that’s just what retail is. But the company will pay for my school.. the hope that when I finish, I can get a career doing what I’m passionate about.
I worked 65+ hours a week for a year straight.
Every morning I’d feel a twinge of pain in my stomach and dull ache in my bones and a voice in my head would say
"This isn’t what I should be doing with my life. I’m creative. When will someone see my potential?"
On month 10 I started feeling like it was time to quit job #1; I had saved enough to pay for half a new car in cash (something I desperately needed so I could go back to school - winters in Utah are extremely brutal and my 15 year old Honda was on its last leg). Excitedly, I talked to family, friends, everyone that would give me advice and each one said, “Follow your heart. You’re a talented photographer. If you quit, focus on school and photography!”
I peace’d out of job #1 with a smile on my face only conquerers can identify with.
and I immediately began reaching out to local companies here in Utah. I’d explain that I’m looking to shoot photographs for them pro-bono and hoped they’d allow me to add the experience into my Curriculum Vitae. One was a huge focus - a cycling shop that I greatly admire. In fact, the #1 cycling shop in the U.S.
Even the name sounds amazing… “these guys must cater to pro-cyclists!” Their shop was beautiful and they were expanding rapidly.. Soon they’d be in a huge retail space. It’d be a great way to create artwork for one of my passions (cycling) while getting my name out there.
At first the owner says no.
So I take photographs and she sees them via instagram (@beyondhypothermia) and she contacts me about shooting.
But over the course of 3 weeks, our schedules never match up and before long…
Sorry for the late response. We have been really busy at the shop and with our new building. The next few weeks are going to be pretty crazy until we get into the new shop.
Let’s try and touch base once we are open in the new store. With our website, we don’t have a lot of time to do anything right now other than fulfill orders and keep on top of the inventory. Come August, we should have time to freshen things up.
Sorry for the delay. Right now I just need to prioritize getting into the new shop on time.”
Well. Guess what? I talk to a friend today and he explains they’ve moved on with another cinematographer/photographer. and just like that, all my dreams of being a photographer are carried into the rocky shore. It’s only one company in salt lake city, UT. But if they don’t remember me and my work.. who will?