I can’t believe it but after having this city as a home base for better part of the last 30 years, I’m heading out.
Utica saw me start & grow this business. Starting my business, I learned that it all comes down to relationship and work ethic. Starting a business is no easy feat, and my first year really opened my eyes to that. I've started to call it Strategic Hustle... Know where you want your business to go, and do whatever it takes to get you there. I’m so thankful that this place has been full of great friends & relationships that have made that hustle totally worth it. Business ownership is the craziest rollercoaster ride which extreme highs and lows which can be really tough on a person to handle. The hardest lesson I’ve learned here is that in the business world, people sometimes don’t live up to their word. This lesson has honestly sucked at times, but has helped me set & keep realistic and healthy business expectations, made me understand the need for clear communication, and the created a confidence in my business sense that will help me as I move into bigger markets & higher level projects. I’ve really learned that you gotta take a leap of faith & believe in yourself to land on your feet. The saying "if your dreams don't scare you then you're not dreaming big enough" is something I keep reminding myself of regularly. This move is scary in so many ways, but I also know that it's the only way I can really pursue my dreams. Small town cost of living & ease of location are going to definitely be missed, but I’m so excited to see what’s next!
Up Next? Philly! I’ll miss the convenience of being 5 minutes from pretty much wherever I need to go, and the comfort of knowing the limits here. But, I’ve always been a limit pusher & it’s definitely time for the next. I would thank everyone in Utica who's helped me get to where I am. The support that's been shown is amazing, and it's bittersweet having to leave so many fantastic human beings that I've gotten to know.
So, keep in touch, CNY Fam. If you’re new to the business world of photo/video or you’re in the Philly area, I’d love to connect with you! Maybe we can settle the who makes a better cheesesteak with some on-site research?