This is Part 1 in a series about My journey in becoming a Fine Art Boudoir Photographer.
This past Sunday, I had the privilege of being asked to speak at a Vision Board event at The Lovely Westside Grand Gallery. This gathering was to join positive and ambitious individuals in building their dreams. Genicca Whiney, the organizer, asked me specially to share my journey in becoming a Fine Art Boudoir Photographer.
The night before I had a speech prepared but when it came time for me to present, I decided to ignore my notes and speak from the heart. The first question I asked the audience was, “Have you ever wanted to follow a dream but a little voice inside of you said ‘You’re not good, you’re not smart enough? Raise your hand if this is you!’ ” I raised my hand and, to my relief, everyone else in the room did too. I could feel the audience supported me and from there I started…
I shared my story about how a shy Asian girl from a nice, middle class family always wanted to be an artist but decided to go to law school instead. To my parents that seemed like a safer bet than being a starving artist. Yet all along, this yearning and dreaming for something else or something more was always there.
To make a long story short, I ended up founding a successful Wedding and Boudoir photography studio in Toronto for 5 years. And yet still…the dream of moving to New York and being an artist tugged at my psyche. You know that expression, “Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down?” That’s pretty much what I did. I sold my condo, I closed my business and studio and I moved to New York City. So there I was with no job, no friends and no acceptance to the art school I wanted to attend.
Want to hear more about the New York part of the story? Stay tuned for Part 2. It involves a funny part about Lenny Kravitz so stay tuned. 😉