Friday? Really? I'm not complaining but this week has zipped by so quickly I've barely had time to notice until now.
I was recently interviewed by the talented Jessie Cacciola for Imprint Magazine. I was thrilled to participate and talk about my transition from working as a lawyer to working as a photographer, and of course, my photography, in general. You can check out the entire interview here.
Here's a little preview:
Imprint: How was the transition to a career in photography? And how did you know it was time for a change?
MS: The transition was not easy mostly because I couldn't get myself to make the final decision to let go of the career that I was starting to build for myself. Mostly I was terrified of making a mistake. I worried that I wasn't doing the right thing. Part of the problem was that I liked what I was doing. It challenged me. The real problem was mostly the time commitment. I worked very long hours and I felt like I didn't really have that much outside of work. I feel lucky because I have the support of my amazing (and very patient) husband, parents and sister and good friends who encouraged me to do what felt right...and, I realized that what felt right was to leave what was making me unhappy and to take a risk.
I convinced myself that if things did not go well with a photography career, I could always go back to the law. I took a job working for my family in their business so that I could do something else part-time and photography part-time and that really helped me. Since I've left that life I have met so many other recovering lawyers and corporate dropouts who went to look for something else. I never regret my decision to go to law school or working where I worked. My career as an attorney, although brief, really informs my career as a photographer. Certainly in the business and organization sense - I know how to read a contract and can negotiate well for myself when I take a freelance job. In the creative sense, I obsess over details and nuance...something that any lawyer (at least the lawyers I know) will tell you is infinitely important to a successful legal career. I like to look beyond the surface of something and this helped me in my previous career and certainly now when I'm working with clients on commissioned shoots or when I'm working on personal projects. My new career challenges me in ways that I never thought possible and in hindsight, the risk is always worth taking if you just find the strength to jump in the first place. I don't like to ask myself "what if" and in my view, the regret of actually taking a chance and maybe making a mistake is better than the regret of not knowing what could have been.
The interview also featured this self-portrait and this photograph:
OK Go - Do What You Want