For the last 7 years I’ve got up every day to go work at the Dallas Museum of Art. It was a dream come true to work with artists, curators, trustees, 3 different directors, 2 deputy directors and the best staff of colleagues anyone could ever ask for. People there touched my life in a profound way that’s difficult to even explain. I’m honored and humbled to have been a part of this incredible institution.
I came home every night and weekend to work on my second passion which is producing a photography show on the internet. This started to become successful as well. I’ve worked with a wonderful staff at YouTube and iTunes as well as some amazing sponsors and advertisers. I’ve been more fortunate than I could ever have expected to be.
This year I realized I’ve come to the crossroads and I have to pick one job over the other. I decided the best way to move forward was to sadly leave the DMA and start a new career producing my own work. It was a difficult decision, but this is the best way I can move forward and push myself to a new level personally and professionally.
Yesterday I went to work for the last time. It was an emotionally exhausting day filled with laughter, hugs and tears as I realized how much I really love the people I work with. Part of me didn’t want to leave. If you’re reading this, you know who you are and I’m humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to work with you. I’m 2 miles away from the DMA and my lunch calendar is filled pretty much for the rest of the year making sure I keep up with the dear friends I have made.
The DMA changed me. My work matured both artistically and professionally. I learned new skills and made new friends and professional colleagues both at the DMA and other institutions all over the world. I met my wife the first day on the job. I made relationships with people who I’m proud having in my life. I leave with new talents, great memories, amazing friends and the prettiest girl in the museum.
But now its time for a new beginning. I start day 1 with a smile on my face, a mess of boxes all over the floor and a warm optimism of the giant mountain before me.
I’m now producing the Art of Photography full time and will soon be adding new shows in the coming months.
Life is good.