I am things.
Since I was a kid, I've wanted to be an architect, a writer, a picker, a house flipper, a designer (which I will always be), a director (after being a cinematographer and of course with my own script), an inventor (which I am, though my creations are largely unrealized), a trend spotter, a restauranteur, a photographer (full-time, not the "enthusiast" I am today), a coder (which I am, to a degree), and the owner of a retail store that sells only the things I like the most.
Now that I'm in my 40's, I've realized that I never stopped wanting to be all of these things and that actually, I am all 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 embedded in everything I do and there is no separating it. It's who I am.
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 that I'm a liberal 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...
Now I've taken the greatest leap of all, building a new kind of analog film company to last the next 100 years - FILM Ferrania.