Growing up I never knew what I wanted to do. At times I wanted to follow my parents footsteps because they were my idols (and still are). It changed daily. I think the biggest reason it changed so often was because I was fascinated by everything. It wasn’t until my fourth year of college (and several changes in majors) that I figured out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Let me tell you a story of how I came to where I am now.
I was traveling through Italy with the community college I had just graduated from. We were in Florence when I met another student; he was handing out flyers for a travel company he worked for. He talked about how he gets paid to take tourists around Europe. I thought to myself, “FUCK, that’s awesome.”
For the next few hours I had a million questions running through my head. The biggest was, “This guy is getting paid to travel Europe and what have I done with my life?” I couldn’t help but be inspired.
Then I heard music. Beautiful sounds coming from a local street artist. I watched as everyone around stopped what they were doing and just listened. This music playing put a pause to everyone’s agenda and for moment we all shared a moment of silence.I’m not exactly sure what happened in that moment or how to explain it-but I instantly knew what I wanted to. Travel.
When I got back to the states my parents asked how the trip was. I told them I was going back and I could see the surprise in their eyes. I quickly began looking for a way to go back and ended up applying for Florence University of the Arts. A few months later after spending the day walking around the woods with my moms old digital camera I decided to buy one of my own. I had zero idea how to use one. Literally not a clue in the world. But I knew that was my golden ticket to travel.
Fast forward two years and I have gone back to school for Digital Media & Interactive Digital Studies, spent a semester studying in Florence and traveling Europe, and driven tens of thousands of miles across the United States all because of my camera.
In the last couple years I have learned more about myself than I had in all my previous years combined. My camera has been my tool since day one and it has taught me so much about so many different topics that I never would have been interested in (digital marketing, advertising, personal wellness, and entrepreneurship to name a few).
I have found a passion for video production, photography, and traveling. And I can only hope to continue to travel the world telling stories of people and destinations with my camera in hand.