I quit my job to pursue my dreams.
As of December 31, 2015, I have decided to take the quantum leap of pursuing my dreams to be a full time Photographer and Cinematographer, by leaving my place of employment.
I have been employed to a well established Insurance Company within Jamaica for the past 3 years. To be honest, the experience was nothing less than wonderful. I have met and networked with a lot of wonderful people.
The days were long, and the feeling of stagnancy slowly, but surely, crept in. I felt as if I wasn’t achieving anything for myself; all of my time and energy was being invested in a company that I didn’t have a strong tie nor connection with. To make matters worse, I did not feel like my natural talents were being recognized, appreciated or utilized.
I know some people wouldn’t understand and may wonder, “Why are you leaving a good paying job, to live a life based on chance?”. A chance that people will hire you, a chance that you will get recognized by anyone, a chance that people will pay you, a chance of a successful freelance career?
After 3 years of working in a “Good Paying Job”, I would take those chances any day of the week. Those chances are what make life worth living, or what motivates and drives people. It pushes the creative mind to become more and be better.
I wasn’t placed on this earth to be stuck behind a desk, doing something I have no passion for. Something that doesn’t allow my talent or creative instinct to roam free. I am not here to build another person’s dream (filling the shareholders and CEO’s pockets), while I just get the silvers and dimes that happen to fall my way.
I WANT TO LIVE LIFE AND NOT JUST SURVIVE BY LIVING A COOKIE-CUTTER/”TRADITIONAL”/PLAY-BY-THE-RULES LIFE.
I felt like it was time to move on; to spend all my time and energy on creating and building myself. Yes, I won’t be getting a steady salary, but I prefer receiving no paycheck doing something I love, living the life I wish to live, doing all the things I yearn to do, rather than being paid to wake up and do things I don’t want to do.
“Forget the money, because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living — that is, to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid.” – Alan Watts
I am looking forward to this new chapter of my life. 2016 is a great start for D. L. Samuels and I have already started planning all the things I wish to do and accomplish in the first part of the year. I will have time to schedule portrait sessions during the week, something that wasn’t possible before.
I will also be able to officially begin production on my short films and web series. There can be no price placed on being mentally and spiritually free.