On my 21st birthday, my father imparted these words to me: “If you don’t have a career by the time you’re 30, you’ll be lost forever.” Of course at the time his words had little to no impact on me as I was still attending UCLA, determined to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Psychobiology and enroll in medical school. Seven years later, again on my birthday, my father repeated his words. Now things are a bit different. I left UCLA after four years and changed my goals towards nursing. After attending College of the Canyons for a year, I disenrolled and changed my goal towards pre-law, which lasted for a few months. Now my father’s words are a bit menacing and foreboding, as I am constantly facing myself in the mirror asking myself: “What are you going to do with the rest of your life?” Despite what may seem to be a fickle and capricious attitude, there was one thing, one small idea that, throughout the years, matured from a simple hobby into my passion – photography. And I can make that statement with full confidence and conviction. Photography is my passion.

I live and breathe photography. What began as a humble hobby with a Sony point-and-shoot digital camera, my journey in taking photographs and capturing images has blossomed into an addictive desire that I cannot remove from my life, my identity, and my future. I am truly determined to invest my time and efforts in pursuing a reputable career in photojournalism with full vigor and confidence. What I desire is to make a living doing what I love and love what I do to live. What I desire is a career in photography and photojournalism.

Once I embraced my true passion, I set a goal for myself: In ten years’ time, I want to make the cover of National Geographic Magazine. I want to pursue a career in photojournalism, traveling abroad and gaining insight, exposure, and education about the many different cultures that populate our world. I want to gain the knowledge, tools, techniques, and philosophies to truly capture moments of life and share them with everyone. I firmly believe that with a solid, structured, and challenging education, I can accomplish milestones in my photographic endeavor that I cannot do alone. I want to unlock my potential and mature into a true photographer. By learning, looking, listening, and asking questions, I will mold myself into a reputable and veritable photographer.

Even to this day, I can still hear my father’s words echoing in my ears: “If you don’t have a career by the time you’re 30, you’ll be lost forever.” Now I can say answer him back with words of my own: “I’ve found my career. I’ve found my passion. I’ve found photography. I was lost, but now, at last, I can forge my own way.”


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