Above: Image, Gina Milicia
When I was a newbie to photography, I imagined opportunity would arrive at my front door, accompanied by an epic movie score, and beautiful lighting. I pictured myself ready, I had all the gear and knew how to use it, and was wearing my best “this is how I get my big break” outfit.
The reality could not be further from the truth. In my experiences, there wasn’t a tadaaa or datadatadata moment like you see in the movies. Opportunity didn’t bother knocking; opportunity used the side entrance. There was no movie score, in fact, opportunity often spoke so quietly that I nearly missed the invitation. Opportunity is a master of disguise, the opportunities I met were rarely dressed in flashy gear and neon lights.
I got a big break in event photography in the middle of renovating my new studio and moving out of my old studio. The studio swap was one of the most intense and exhausting experiences of my life. Relocating was stressful enough but having to move and renovate and keep shooting at the same time was grueling.
I was exhausted, had paint under my nails, in my hair, the stuff . . .