Since I was a kid, I've wanted to be an architect, a writer, a junk picker, a house flipper, a designer (which I will always be), a film director (with my own script, of course), an inventor (which I am, in my head), a trend spotter, a restaurateur, a photographer (as my main gig), and the owner of a retail store that sells only the things I like the most.
Now entering my 50's, I've realized that I never stopped wanting to be all of these things and that actually, I am most of these things - and a bit more.
Someone asked me to condense it down a bit, and here's what I came up with:
I am creative.
Some like to call me, "a creative." That's fine, but the indefinite article kicks it just the other side of precious for my taste. The creative process is just how I work.
I am a communicator.
It's very important to me that people understand what I'm saying. I've found that the most important part of being understood is paying attention. Over time, I've learned why it's called "paying" attention, and I try to be a big spender.
I am an entrepreneur.
To use communication and creativity to create a business is always my goal. I have made a few businesses, each bigger than the last and each uniquely in tune with my passions - a record store, a magazine, a graphic design studio, a company making new film for Polaroid cameras. These days, I'm helping to relaunch a 100 year-old Italian manufacturer to make sure film is around for 100 more years.
I love to Read
And I love to write back. Call me old-fashioned.