Sometimes when I run I get to this point when my body is exhausted and I say to myself "you can stop now and the pain will be over or you can push through, embrace the pain, and be a badass."
Out of high school I went to Ryerson University for Civil Engineering. I can't lie, I had a hard time. I remember our guidance councillor saying "we accepted you into the program and that means you can finish it" but it just wasn't for me. It wasn't where my heart was. I couldn't be myself and I left. I didn't want to give up on the potential of having a stable job and working in a field that was high in demand so I went to Humber. There I got my Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Honours, mind you). I did well but I still couldn't shake the feeling that I wasn't doing what I was supposed to. I was the reading the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris while riding the bus to school and it was then when I realized that I needed to be doing what I loved and that was photography.
I remember being a little boy and playing with all the parts of the Dad's old camera and tripod. I also remember pulling a point and shoot, film camera out from my stocking at Christmas and jumping/running around the house because I was so happy.
For me, there’s no other feeling like making work that you enjoy. I love working with people and I love challenging myself. Although I've taken a different path, my background in engineering gives me a knack for problem solving and has helped make my imagination come to life.
I've tried a lot of different things in but I've learned that before you do anything you need to pursue what you're passionate about.