On my way back to Spokane Thursday, I stopped in Missoula to have lunch with my brother Matt, pictured above. He was only the latest in a long line of supporters, cheerleaders and advisors to give me his words of wisdom during this time of change.
His advice: Spend as much time selling pictures as I do producing them. (He's got 10+ years of business experience.) And he's right. It's going to be challenging to shepherd my work into publications. I won't have a regular paycheck to depend on, so I'm going to have to sell, sell, sell.
Isn't my brother smart?
Here are some other words of wisdom (not direct quotes):
Sol (a photojournalist whom I respect): Don't be afraid.
Namrata (my Amazing Race co-conspirator): Don't forget to breathe.
Liz (my photo buddy): Enjoy every moment.
Colin (good multimedia guru buddy): If you need anything, just call. I'm here for you.
Larry Reisnouer (My former Photo Editor at the Spokesman-Review): You won't fail.
Tom (family friend): You have to insure your equipment--it's your livelihood.
Steve (Tom's brother): The COBRA health insurance plan is expensive, but it's your best bet.
Tom: Liability insurance would be smart.
Steve: You really need some life insurance.
Bridget (my good creative buddy): Believe in yourself.
Ben: Be safe.
Mom: Don't go to Iraq. Oh yeah, and learn how to bellydance.
Dad: Have fun!