When you first fall in love with that feeling that music can give you, you never forget the bands that first fueled that fire in your heart when you were younger discovering your musical taste. A year ago yesterday was the first time I photographed the very same band that I eagerly went to go see at my first music festival - OZZFEST 2006. I left Tinley Park a completely different person that day. It was my first experience of seeing this live chaos and being a part of something where I felt like I belonged. Years down the road, my love for live music grew and it led to pursing a career in the music industry. I can't really describe the feeling of seeing life go in full circle and not being out in the crowd but in the photo pit last year 9 years later, after all the ups and downs I've gone through. Disturbed ended up using this image to announce their 5th #1 album on Billboard and it was one of those moments that reminded me why I do what I do for my passion. Music has been there guiding me through every aspect of my life and I owe it to the artists that write and perform these songs to continue making art out of what it means to me. The day Disturbed's single "What Are You Waiting For" came out, I remember listening along + reading the lyrics and it was the push and motivation I needed to finally decide to jump into the unknown and sign the lease to open my business I've done it all for music and I will not stop anytime soon. This is a cheers to all the bands out there fueling us fans to feel indestructible. ✨📷🎶
⚠️ Some people want to see you fail ⚠️ Some people want you to go away because they feel threatened. Some of them will support you to your face and then turn their heads and make you look bad to others. Some won't be able to stand seeing you go after your dreams and the truth is....
Do you want to know what’s one of the most challenging things you can do when you've been knocked down? Walk away from everything and spend time … alone.
Now I don’t mean alone to sorrow away in your own thoughts - I’m talking about walking away from anything/anyone who make you feel....
Wandering around The Bahamas in February I walked passed a local who was humming and smiling away as he walked down the street in one crutch. I turned to snap a photo of him and realized he was crossing the street with the Gucci store behind him. I took a minute to look at the photo and how simple but powerful it was to me atleast... I don't know anything about this man. I don't know what struggles or victories he's been through but I'm willing to bet that man is richer than anyone inside that Gucci store - rich in life and happiness. No one just hops around one 1 crutch, humming + smiling at strangers unless they are truly happy souls. Of course when he saw me across the street with the camera he looked confused probably wondering why Ronald McDonald was taking photos of him haha. Either way I have this story and photo to learn from + keep forever. Have a good Monday everyone! Be grateful for all you have and work hard towards what you want✨