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Community Manager DustiO
Community Manager

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

This is so great @emcghee40 I love your story and I am so happy you shared it here. Your passion for what you do is so apparent and is truly inspiring!

GreyBugPhoto
Level 5

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

I graduated high school from a small town south of San Antonio Texas. For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about photography. The first time I held a camera was at the age of 5. I remember my mother asking me what I wanted for my birthday. There was this small store downtown that sold miscellaneous items. Probably the equivalent to a Dollar General. I remember telling her that I wanted a camera. This camera that she bought me used a cartridge of film that was circular. I remember seeing the film very small after it was processed. I took that camera and started shooting until all the exposures were done. My mother took me to process the film and I remember the pictures came out terrible. I couldn’t understand why the pictures that I took didn’t come out the way I had seen them in my mind. All the pictures were blurry and underexposed. So, from then on, I just used the viewfinder to look through the camera and capture what I thought was a good shot in my mind. Probably making the clicking sound.

I enlisted in the military in 1996 and eventually retired. I have spent most of my career building businesses part-time, some prolific and some not. All my businesses were started with the idea of learning in mind. From calling cards, vitamins, jewelry, real estate to screen printing, I was always wanting to learn about that business. Building a business allowed me the opportunity to learn and find revenue in what I was interested in. I eventually received a degree in Management and Computer Information Systems. I received my Master’s Degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Technology and Commercialization and an MBA. Now I am pursuing my Doctoral Degree in Business. So, business has been in my blood for a long time. I started my first business when I was 16 years old, but worked with a classmate of mine when we were just 8 yr, working on neighbor’s yards. I don’t’ know if you can call that a business, but we made enough money to buy a lawnmower.

I don’t want to compare myself to other photographers because I would like to think that I can have my own style. The one thing that I am sure of is that I am passionate about photography.

Many people will come to realize that situations in their life lay the course for who they are and who they become. People who are put into situations that require strength and perseverance, realize how much they can accomplish with some hard work.

It has been said that something worth doing, is worth doing right. We only live once, but if we do that right, once is enough. Every day is but a moment, a collection of lives we live throughout the course of our time on this earth. What you do with this time, is up to you.

 

test-044_pp-5.jpgSelf PortraitAbel Garza

http://www.greybugphotography.com

844-GREY-BUG

Moderator Meckell
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Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

@GreyBugPhoto How amazing that you found your passion at such a young age. Thanks for sharing your story Smiley Happy 

Community Manager DustiO
Community Manager

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

@GreyBugPhoto Abel! Thank you so much for posting this. You are such an inspriring person and I LOVE your story!

Community Manager DustiO
Community Manager

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

I love seeing all of these stories trickle in! Can't wait to meet more of you in person and hear your inspiring stories!

Eddygee
Level 5

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

Came back to thumbtack in October of 2017. Between my dj and photobooth services I’ve been booked 45 times and opened my own business which I’m very proud of. This is boosting my second career as an entrepreneur entertainment company. There was a time period when I was signing two contracts per week!
Things are well with thumbtack!
Moderator Meckell
Moderator

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

This is so amazing @Eddygee, you should definitely be proud of your success. Looking through your reviews, I can see that your business is thriving and you're delivering a great service to your customers. So awesome! Do you have any tips for new pros joining Thumbtack?

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Eddygee
Level 5

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

My biggest thing is follow up, follow up and follow up again. I can’t express how important it is. I bet more than half my business is because of follow ups!
MaggieWagner
Level 5

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

I can honestly say that Thumbtack has been a total godsend. I have paid my rent for two years and made many many new friends , connections and endless amounts of money. It’s been great.
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Community Manager DustiO
Community Manager

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

@MaggieWagner I love this SO MUCH! What do you do?