How To Make It To The Top – According to Quincy Jones
“The people who make it to the top – whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos – are addicted to their calling … [they] are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid.??? Quincy Jones
I hope you are having a light and love filled weekend. I am blogging from Puglia today and have been gobbling one cappuccino after another like they have just been invented.
I wanted to share a little secret with you today that I have never really aired.. Here goes..
You all know how much I love a quote and I adore these words by Quincy Jones. He has beautifully summed up that no matter what you do in life (including photography) when you really love it and are passionate about it, it is like an addiction and you would be doing it even if you weren’t paid! He should know, he has worked with some of the greatest musicians of all time.
I have a confession to make, until I found photography I don’t think I ever did anything really well in my life. I was Miss Lightweight, Miss Skim the surface, Miss Read the headlines and Miss Attention span of a gnat.
I didn’t have the killer drive when it came to anything! I remember years ago our hockey coach told me I had talent in equal quantities of my best mate but I couldn’t bring myself to tell him that I couldn’t wait for the whistle to blow at the end of the game to get off the field and back to the bench.
My friend instead had the killer instinct that coaches all around the world dream of. Hence she had a gold medal at everything.
Not that you need to have a gold medal at anything but something happened to me when I found photography that had never happened to me in my life before or on a hockey field, in a boardroom or in any other job. A big, burning, overflowing volcano of killer instinct came from nowhere. Kind of like ‘get out of my way I need to take a thousand photos’.
Miss Lightweight turned into Miss Devoted and do you think you could drag me away from the darkroom, a photography project, a bookstore or a shoot. The killer instinct I had seen (and envied) in others all of a sudden was mine. I could name any photo of any photographer and where it was taken, I inhaled book after book of photography, would stay up all night poring over photos and spend all day taking them.
I had always felt there was something missing when I saw others so wrapped up in their worlds and I had asked myself why I didn’t feel passionate about anything? Did I have some DNA missing?
All photos of the lovely Anissa copyright Carla Coulson
If I had only known it was about finding the right medium and the thing I really loved, I might have started my search earlier.
The old Carla dragged herself out of bed everyday in a daze hating the thought of ‘giving away’ another day to a job I didn’t care about. The new Carla can’t wait to get the washing-up done to get to Photoshop! Scary…
Reward comes in many forms and I liken it to falling in love. Seeing people I photograph truly happy makes my heart purrrr, taking a photo that I think is great still has the power to move me and harnessing something as uncontrollable as photography even just for a couple of seconds is more rewarding than all those days put together when I worked selling things that meant nothing to me.
Back to Quincy Jones and his theory, I am not even close to the top, I feel like I have just started but I love his words and I have the fortune to work with many people who have made it to the top and it is just like Quincy says ‘they would be doing it even if they weren’t paid’!
If you are wondering why you don’t have an all consuming passion, take heart, all of us can have it if we find the right medium.
“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Confucius
PS: Feel free to share if you know someone beating themselves up cause they haven’t found their thing in life. xx
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