I believe that everything happens for a reason.
Now, I’m not saying that I believe in some almighty power that decides with a gavel and a courtroom what’s going to happen to us; however I do believe that the steps we take in life and the choices we make ultimately decide the shape of our path. Everything happens for a reason, because we create a reason for it to happen.
I also believe that you receive as many chances as you create for yourself.
That being said, this summer I took a huge chance.
Over the summer, I began working on a farm about two miles from my house. I absolutely loved everything about working there, from being out in the sunshine all day, to the people, to being able to eat as many apples, raspberries, and peaches as my stomach could handle (which is a lot, I might add).
I also loved the people I worked with, especially one particular coworker, Kevin, whom I shared many a conversation with while squishing potato bugs and picking up dropped apples.
In one of our conversations that stuck with me the most, Kevin (being a recent grad), mentioned that one of his biggest regrets was that he did not pursue more internships in college, and that he didn’t try to jump on internships before the time he was an upperclassman.
At this point I told him that I honestly had no idea who I’d want to intern for, especially because there’s no possible way the people that I admire the most and would want to work with the most would take me as an intern.
To this he said “Just email them, you never know who wants someone to follow them around”.
So I began sending out emails - many emails. To people who I never in a million years would expect to want an intern (I figure if you want to catch a fish, you need to throw out a lot of lines, right?). The way I saw it the worst they could do is say no.
A few weeks later I got a response. I got a response from the person who I wanted to meet and learn from the most. I got a response from the person who I never in a million years thought would have the time or energy or desire to take an intern. I got a response to the person I almost didn’t email because it seemed too far-fetched. I got a response from James Marcus Haney.
The email said thank you for the mail, yes I can take an intern, send over your resume and let’s set up a skype interview.
Long story short, now I’m looking for an apartment in Los Angeles for a three month internship with one of my favorite photographers who is working in the exact industry that I want to be in, with the exact type of clients that I want to work with.
So thank you Kevin, for getting me to pull my head out of my ass and take a chance.