Drole D’Anniversaire…

“An unusual anniversary” for those of you not proficient in French…

I lost my most recent job a year ago today… I was at the point where I didn’t really care anymore, but don’t you think it was kind of messed up for them to let me go exactly two weeks before Christmas!? At the time, I was contemplating making moves back to Paris and I felt like with my job no longer in the picture, I had nothing else holding me back from what I wanted to do. Except for lack of funds… As much as I may say that this year has been a struggle, I also have to acknowledge that it was my first year getting by mostly off of my photography. It was a goal of my friend Charles Anthony to get me living off this trade I’ve chosen within 3 years, which is what actually happened, though not on purpose. I’m thankful that I continue to have a roof over my head, food to eat and a warm place to rest my head at night. I’m thankful for opportunities which presented themselves right on time and for the people who value my work enough to solicit my services or refer me to others. I made it through this year because of you and for that, I thank you.

Not having a job has its ups and downs – On the one hand, I can lounge around in my bed all day if I so wish it and I can go about my business on my own schedule. But on the other hand, not knowing where your next gig is coming from is highly stressful. Some weeks/months are good and others not so great. I would like to return to the cubicle life if only for the stability, but only time will tell if that will happen. In the meantime, I shall cherish this freedom to live my life on my own terms.

2 Responses to “Drole D’Anniversaire…”
  1. Novel Idea says:

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you for your inspirational words!
    I too have joined the ranks of the unemployed.
    So now I never have to worry about when the ax is going to fall!
    It’s been some months now and I also have fully been focusing on my business 1N Media ( which you know about ) I have dealt with people coming and going, being thought of as a bitch and flat out insane. No funds makes for a hard way to go when your trying to be taken seriously… For a media company / web presense like mine, the measure of success revolves around numbers! I have with the loss of a couple of key members of my company been forced to evaluate my True strengths and weakness.. So I dropped my old websites and started from scratch with the recent launch of 1NSALON.com. It’s hard, real hard and I don’t know if I’m gonna make it. .. I have yet to make a dime and work around the clock! But I know freedom is somewhere in the mix. I know that the conversations im having and activities I’m doing are closer aligned with my vision of my life. I look to stories of success like yours to inspire my personal comittment to self. And I honor the ability to put food on the table and ability to maintain a roof through ones own talent and skill!
    I too don’t know if I will have to supplement with that fast food job.. The only jobs that seem to be available…or 2.
    But for now I’m gonna keep it moving and trust that their is a universal plan for us all that includes being happy, fulfilled, and fed.

    Yours in the fight for progression,

    Novel Idea / creative director
    1N Media – 1NSALON.com

    • I don’t think of myself as a success… I’m still learning and growing. I usually sit down at the end of the year and take note of my accomplishments, but this year I think my successes were more on a personal level and not so much professional. It took me a solid year of networking before I started getting gigs…Grateful that this year I was able to support myself through my photography (and govt financial assistance – My mom told me that I’ve worked for so long that I deserved to let the govt serve me instead of vice versa for once). The payoff will come! Just remain steadfast. I have a few major projects I’m working on for the new year, some of which have nothing to do with my photography but I feel they will serve my community of talented peers. We’re going to make it, trust!

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