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.
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?