I Lied

Rebecca Handler Photography
I lied and I'm really sorry about it. I mentioned yesterday that I was doing something really cool and was going to share it with you today. Well, I can't, but it's for a really good reason. Let me explain...

I haven't actually come out and said it here, but I'm sure a few of you have put two and two together and realized that I'm not working right now. I don't want to get into specifics about it, but I do want to say that it's a VERY good thing. As you've probably noticed, I've been pursuing some other interests of mine which I have ignored for a very long time. This time off has given me the opportunity to figure out who I am as a person and where I'd like to head career-wise. It's also allowed me to take risks and chances, one of which was applying for an internship with Rebecca Handler

You guys, Rebecca is a professional photographer (and a pretty awesome one at that) who I had never heard of before a few weeks ago. See, I was putzing around on Craigslist and happened upon an ad she posted looking for a photography intern. Now, everyone here knows that I'm just starting out in this field, but since I have the biggest ego on the planet, I decided to apply. In my email, I told her that I basically had zero experience and couldn't really bring anything to the table besides a burning desire to learn, but wouldn't you know...she asked me in for an interview. And she hired me.

I assisted on this shoot, too!
To say that I am grateful for this woman's generosity and faith in me would be a gigantic understatement. I've always been the type to take chances on people and offer to step in and help those around me without expecting anything in return. What goes around comes back around, right? Case in point.

I've been helping Rebecca with some administrative stuff at her studio and have picked up a wealth of photography knowledge just in a few short weeks. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of assisting her on a 70s-styled photo shoot at a roller rink in Staten Island; that was the big news, folks! I was hoping to have some images from it to share on here, but that won't be able to happen until some time next week (therein lies the lie).

Listen, I know being genuine and helpful comes with lots of risk. There are many people on this planet who take advantage of the kindness of others, I get that, but we can't let a few rotten apples spoil the bunch. Be nice to people and offer to help them when you can. Don't be intimidated by ambitious people and automatically assume they're only friendly with you to get something out of you. 

Be a mentor. Be a teacher. Be an expert. Be an open book. And most importantly, be a friend. Remember where you came from and take pride in helping someone develop his/her own ideas and identity. The Internet makes our neighborhood small, people. Be a good neighbor and help those around you. Do onto others and all that jazz. 

I'll be sharing some behind the scenes images from the roller rink shoot some time next week and am looking forward to sharing many more projects in the coming months. Rebecca, if you're reading this, thanks again for taking a chance on lil' ol' me.

5 comments

Barby said... January 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

WOW that is big news... An I wish you nothing but the best Danielle. I admire how ambitious you are. I also have to take a second and Thank you once again for having given me one of the best opportunity that I had in 2011. So there is true to the saying~what goes around comes back around!

nova said... January 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

That is freaking awesome. It takes a brave person to take a chance on someone with no experience! I'm so happy for you to have randomly found such a cool mentor at such a perfect time. Sometimes things just work out like that, hey? I wish you all the best, this sounds like a really exciting change.

Jenna said... January 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Exciting times - congrats!!!

xxx
Jenna

Peddie said... January 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

woooot!

Rebecca Handler said... June 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Thanks Danielle. Just read this. Hope you are doing well :) And no worries. Hope you found what works best for you. This was a very nice blog post and I appreciate it. Glad to have helped.

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