The Power of The Mentor

Lately, I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends.  After two years away from the 9-5 grind, I was looking at my empty checking account, and getting a bit anxious. Without a workable plan to sustain myself as a ‘creative’, paycheques I decided are not overrated. 

Returning to full-time work has been exhausting and a huge transition. Long hours at work leave me little free time to focus on creative aspirations. Fortunately, I have amazing friends and mentors who have supported and encouraged me to stick it out. They have given me priceless suggestions and opportunities, and great hugs just at the right time. I am eternally grateful.

Who are the mentors in your life? They may be formal or informal. You may have just a few or you may have many.  Mentorship is an incredible way of helping others and sharing your experience.  There will always be someone with more and less knowledge than you, many whom are happy to share. I'm not sure why so many young entrepreneurs think that they have to go it all alone? 

Reflecting on the last two years, I have had mentors specific to photography, videography, dance, and of course this blog. I'm not sure if they view themselves as my mentors, but they have helped me in so many ways, I cannot even begin to list them. I only hope that one day I will be able to return the favour or pay it forward.


A shoutout to some very special people:  John Hewett Hallum, Joslyn Reid, Tafui, Rhiana Chinapen, Dan Gainsford, Dennis Recto, Alex Munter and of course, to my parents who have mentored me for over 34 years. 

 

My two favourite photographer mentors:  Joslyn Reid and John Hewitt Hallum