As many of you may have seen already, Ashton Kutcher made a fantastic acceptance speech at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. I wanted to share it in case any of my senior portrait photography clients are out there reading! Listen to his advice. He makes a great point about the fact that none of us live in this world as we know it, we make this world what we want it to be. "Build a life, don't live one, build one!" Also, remember that "...opportunity looks a lot like hard work." With a lot of perseverance and hard work, I have managed to graduate with a bachelors degree from San Jose State University and start my own successful photography business. I have tried to build a life and so should you!
AND please, please, please, always remain sexy. Smart is sexy!
WORDS OF WISDOM:
"so, first the opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof. And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant. And then I got a job in a grocery store deli. And then I got a job in a factory sweeping cheerio dust off the ground. And I've never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.
Number 2: Being Sexy! The sexiest thing in the entire world...is being really smart and being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It's just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don't buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.
The third thing is something that I just relearned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said, 'When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get into too much trouble and maybe get an education, and get a job and make some money and have a family. But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things. You can build your own life that other people can live in.' So build a life. Don't live one, build one. Find your opportunities, and always be sexy."
"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy
"You don’t take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." – Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."– Imogen Cunningham
"You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper." – William Albert Allard
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." – Ansel Adams
"It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get." – Timothy Allen