I’m a huge supporter of the concept of a self-made generation. This movement of young people driven by passion and motivation to create their reality. Perhaps my avid support springs from the fact that I am a self-proclaimed member of said group and have always been in one way or another. I remember selling plastic coil lanyards to my class mates is grade four, beading jewellery in seventh grade and selling my creations to ladies at church. By sixteen, my measly paying first job had funded the purchase of my first sewing machine which allowed me to bring to life the designs I fashioned for years prior. Years later this became a clothing line which was sold in a few boutiques around the city. Around the same time I had started a tumblr blog and later moved on to the blogger platform which ultimately is what your reading now – just a little better looking.
The moral of recapping my teenage antics and hustling ways is merely an illustration of my refusal (or rather incapacity) to be stagnant. I’ve always pursued my dreams along side my responsibilities (and by responsibilities I mean the things I had to do, not necessarily wanted to, i.e. my entire high school career). Ive never really been one to wait for “my time” or a “window of opportunity”. I’d rather create opportunities for myself which what I have today than place my potential on the probability of someone somewhere, considering the idea of maybe possibly giving me a chance.
Right now a montage of “success quotes” would go down quite nicely, but I thought I’d rather include some shots from a recent shoot I did with fellow everything-doer, Mark Wijsman.
Photography: Mark Wijsman