As you may know, I’m reading Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity*. While on the spiritual path to creative living, one of the activities was to list 5 lives that I would like. At first it was challenging because I was trying to think of practical ways to live. However, I decided I should have fun with it. Besides, it’s not like it would really happen, right? I thought back to when I was much younger and tried to think of what I thought would be cool yet never pursued it because it didn’t seem realistic.
My list: Personal Trainer, Photographer, Radio/Talk Show Personality, Model, and Bartender…don’t judge me!
The next step was to try and pursue these lives as a creative outlet. How in the world was I going to do that???
A couple of weeks after composing my list, my husband, daughter, and I had a photoshoot for his website. I went through the process of choosing the colors for the pictures and the apparel we would wear. The day of the shoot came and I absolutely loved everything about the creative process. It was great being a part of the creative energy. I was asking the photographer about cameras and photography and expressed an interest. He immediately said, “I’ll teach you.” Also, during that time, I kept thinking that I should ask him about modeling opportunities but thought he would laugh at me. It was nice of him to offer to teach me photography but I brushed it off as well as the thoughts of modeling because it still seemed too unrealistic.
Days passed after the photoshoot and I was still basking in the joy of the photoshoot experience. I thought about the missed opportunity and decided that I needed to exert the “audacity” to step out beyond my self-doubt. Heart racing, I sent him a message and told him that I would love for him to teach me photography and I would be interested if he needed a model or knew of other photographers who needed a model. He responded with, “Cool, I’m excited.”
Not expecting to hear from him (self-doubt is a beast), he called me later that week to let me know that he was doing a shoot that night and invited me to both watch them setup the lights and to model.
Here are the results:
I absolutely loved the experience and I’m grateful to have been able to work with gifted photographers. From this experience, I learned that if you put yourself out there then opportunity will come your way. It’s up to you to pursue it and walk in it. Hopefully, I can continue to live creatively through photography and modeling. In the meantime, on to pursuing the next life…wonder what will it be?
What 5 lives would you live? I’d love to hear your stories! Share in the comments below.
Photography: Jack Akana at www.reflectionshd.com
Ray Williams at www.raywilliamscollection.com
Makeup: Kalen Lyons at https://www.facebook.com/kalen.lyons.1?fref=ts