So, about 1.5 weeks ago, I did something that I have wanted more then anything for three whole years. I was actually working for money. It was marvelous, because I knew what I was doing. I wasn't worried or anxious about what I was doing. I was a photographer for a man who I have known for years. We weren't ever very close friends, but we would talk whenever we saw each other in a gay bar. His name is Steven Kennard.
He needed photos for a new card for his business. He is a realtor, and the card that he had at the time didn't have a photo of him in the card. So, I went to his home and made 26 photos of him in different areas in his home. The whole time, I felt like I knew what I was doing. After my first class in photographer after my brain injury, which was in the spring of this year (2017), I felt like I was remembering a lot of what I used to do for work.
You see, I used to be a photographer for advertisements. I worked with some of the biggest companies in the USA, like Papa Johns, Dixie, Angel Soft, Brawny, GAP, and Arby's to say a few. Most of my photo were used in Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and other websites like that. As I was started to relearn photography, I started to remember what works and what doesn't. It was incredible for me.
So what I started with Steven, I knew what I wanted and how to make it happen. My photos were very strong and very compelling. I believe that Steven Kennard must have liked the photos, because he used one of the photos as his profile in Facebook. I don't think he would use a photo for his profile if he didn't like what I did.
So, for this work, I got $60. I actually made a photo of the check, so that I can always remember what was the first time I was working for money. I'm really hoping that this will become more work in the future. That is what I want more then anything. I don't have children and I don't want children. I am all about work. Whether I am a contortionist, sword swallowing, music maker, photographer, or a writer, I am working. That is who I am, and I would never want to change that!
Getting this work makes me feel like everything really is going to be fine the end. I am going to go back to working as a photographer and a writer. I am going to back to being a performer. I am going to get everything back that I used to have, and this day was the first day in what I hope will become more and more of the same, more work!