Last year, I embarked on the journey of full-time photographer and I LOVED it. It was amazing being able to put my full focus into my passion and totally emerge myself into all things photography. I had much more time with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I felt like I had my sanity back. I was super excited, but I was struggling trying to afford my adulthood and business.
It’s hard to have the courage to follow your dream, but it’s harder to struggle financially achieving your goals and being able to support yourself. Sometimes, you have to choose between your passion and your responsibilities. A lot of artists attempt to go full time with their careers and then fail miserably. I am not saying I failed, I haven’t failed. I just am not where I would like to be yet to go full time.
I am 23 years old. I rent a house with my two awesome roommates. I have no family here in Albuquerque except for my younger sister. Bills STINK, but hey, that’s part of being an adult. I am not married and my business isn’t as busy as I dream of it to be. Ideally, having every single weekend booked with weddings for 2016 and 2017 would be INCREDIBLE, but that’s not the case.
So, at this point in time, I am going back to my off season restaurant job at Applebee’s. I’ve been with this company on and off since 2011 and I am a great “applebuddy”! I am also working as a photographer at Altitude Photo Productions and The Phoenix Agency as well as still managing my own business.
I’ve always been a workaholic. I’ve been working since I was 15 years. I worked 2 full time jobs for 2 years straight.
It’s in my nature to work hard for what I want.
Is juggling two jobs AND a business going to be easy? HECK NO. Is it going to be worth it? HELL YES.
Alex is also working 3 jobs at this time. So between the two of us we have 6 jobs! Crazy, right?
My passion for photography will always be my number one and come June I will be taking time off from my job at Applebee’s to take wedding season on with full force! Until then, I will be juggling all my work together along with my journey to health and happiness (follow me on instagram @liftshappilyeverafter. I will be starting a blog series focused entirely on that journey!), furthering my education in photography, and taking lots of photos! I also plan to do more Periscope videos, offering mentorships, shoot outs, workshops, and offering the absolute best service I can to our Jasper Kay clients!
Wish me luck! :-)