Often we cloak who we really are, or maybe a better way to put it is that we only reveal parts of ourselves, with the situation determining what self to put on 'display'.
Let me explain.... At work I wear one mask. Professional, punctual, dependable. At home, I'm erratic, spontaneous and always late. You Get the Picture....
How does one stay true to who you really are? Do you compartmentalize your life? Do you do what you really love only on the side? We each have a different approach to how we deal with stress, work, everyday life. I found that in my life, I was masking who I was...Let me explain.
Ever since discovering photography I wanted to be a 'High End Fashion Photographer'. Its the top of the photographic food chain right??? Its what we all aspire to! Vogue covers, Versace campaigns, I mean what's not to love!😮😍
But along the way... and I learned the hard way... That this wasn't for me... I have basically no fashion sense. I had nothing in common with designers or fashion publishers. To put it bluntly, I didn't care about fashion. I just wanted to take photos to the level of what was in those magazines and I wanted the praise for creating work for those brands... But it wasn't me. I didn't resonate with the people, I didn't resonate with the industry. I just wanted the praise... and that's why I failed.
I chased a dream that wasn't my dream. I was living the dream of other photographers that I have never met, and some of the ones I did meet. I didn't even like.
So I took off that mask and pivoted into more lifestyle advertising work (video + stills) but that was just an evolution of the mask. The cloth covering a different side of me. It suited me better, I got on better with clients and companies but it still didn't sit with me how I had imagined it.
But now I have pivoted again. Could I say that I have evolved?? Maybe. Life lessons always come in different shapes and forms. But what is important is that I have learned what I don't like to do, and now I've moved into only creating work that I would be proud of. Work that resonates with me and my core beliefs. Work that brings me joy when I'm creating it.
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