Most people she never tells about the tightrope because she doesn’t want to listen
to their helpful comments from the ground.
~ Story People ~
It’s Friday. It’s raining in Seattle (big surprise). I’m sipping a sweet chai latte over my lunch break at one of my favorite coffee shops. And I’m feeling calm for the first time in a few weeks.
I mentioned recently that you’re going to start seeing some changes around here. The first change took place today. I put up a new “About Me” description and photo – one that more adequately describes who I am and what I do. When I started this blog, my “About Me” page was all about questions. (i.e. Who am I? What do I want to do? How can I juggle a day job with a desire to be more creative?) and I asked that you join me on my journey so that we can answer these questions together.
I am happy to say that many of my questions have been answered. But as soon as a question is answered, ten more come to mind. This is all part of the creative process. The questions keep coming, but they change over time.
So. Back to the “About Me” page. Have you ever tried to write an “About Me” page? I have to tell you it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It feels a bit like writing a cover letter. You want the reader to “get you” in a few short paragraphs. You want to appear to be the best version of yourself. You want to share your many talents, make it seem that you are carefree, but also serious about whatever it is you do. Oh, and maybe you want to sound funny and smart. Oy. Not an easy task.
I’ve been wanting to update my bio for quite some time, but I’ve been avoiding it…maybe because all of the pressure-filled things I listed above. But finally, I decided it was time. I sat down last night to write it and I have to say, it was really fun to write! Writing it got me thinking about how to write a good “About Me” description. Here are a few tips if you’re considering revamping yours or writing one for the first time:
So I bet you’re curious about my description. You want to read it and make sure that I did all the things that I listed above, don’t ya? Well, I promise you mine is not perfect and it will change again. Which brings me to #7: Nothing is set in stone. Change your “About Me” page whenever you feel a major shift that you think your readers should know about.
So here goes. I’m a bit nervous putting this out into the world, but I’m excited to claim who I am and what I do loudly and proudly! You can read it below or jump over to the “About Me” page to get the full effect. I’d love to know what you think and if you have any helpful hints for writing an “About Me” description.
Drum roll please…
“Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?”
Do you ever have an idea for a job you’d like to have or the life you’d like to live? Do you find yourself thinking, “Wouldn’t it be cool if ________?” (Fill in the blank.) Do you find yourself putting it off, making excuses, and saying “maybe some day”?
Well, that’s just what happened to me…except my “some day” has come. I heard a creative call – the call of my past experiences as a theatre nerd and visual artist combined with the whisper of a newfound passion for photography. The whisper got so loud that it was time to answer the call, put one foot in front of another and build a career out of my love of all things beautiful.
So who am I anyway? Am I my resume? Yes and no. I call myself a photographer, but that is only part of the story. I bring to my photography all that I am and all that I’ve been and all that I hope to be. The theatre girl in me is always looking for a story, a connection, a captivating moment that passes in an instant. The visual artist in me is always looking for interesting angles and noticing color and light. The foodie in me is always on the hunt for food that looks as good as it tastes. And the spreadsheet queen in me enjoys nothing more than balancing a budget and creating order. (I know, geeky, right?)
But if you really want to know – I am a latte drinking, often giggling, spotlight loving, sometimes napping, cat-mommying, Seattle lovin’ and livin’, creative path exploring, mac ‘n’ cheese eating, husband hugging, camera toting gal with a dream. That’s me.
** Oh, and by the way, my name is Darrah. I specialize in food and lifestyle photography. For inquiries and booking information in the Seattle area, please email me.
No matter how wonderful our dreams, how noble our ideals, or how high our hopes, ultimately we need courage to make them a reality.
~ Daisaku Ikeda
I just revisited my very first post. In the post, I talk about all the “if only’s” and “shouldawouldacoulda’s” that were on my mind at the time and decided once and for all to do something about it. On my list of “if only’s” was the idea of being a food photographer. I mention this because just this weekend I had my first paid gig as a food photographer. It wasn’t until I looked back at my first blog post that I realized that I had set that intention for myself.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of courage lately and how to navigate through the opportunities and obstacles that life presents with open arms even when what I really want to do is curl up in bed with my cat. I’ve been thinking a lot about the courage it takes to be a creative person and say THIS IS WHO I AM. This is what I DO. I’ve been thinking a lot about the courage it takes to identify what I want to do next on my creative career path and know that there is a lot to learn in order to reach my goals. I’ve been thinking about the courage it takes to take the step in front of me in spite of the fear of falling on my face – in spite of knowing that there are many more steps ahead of me. I’ve been thinking a lot about the courage it takes to ask for help. The courage it takes to set a price for my art. The courage it takes to enjoy the process when I’m anxious to know/see the results. The courage it takes to set boundaries, but not barriers. The courage to be confident. To be optimistic. To be lighthearted and hopeful.
The courage to dream big and then dive into the unknown and make those dreams come true.
And I have learned that it is all possible. The way to get there is different for everyone. But for me, I am learning that saying “yes” will open more doors than saying “maybe next time” or “I’m not ready yet” or “some day” or _____________ (fill in the blank.)
So while I’m digging deep to muster the courage to take the next step, I am also throwing a big ‘ol celebration for getting this far in such a short amount of time!
Where have you been courageous lately? What step are you celebrating? It may feel like you’ve got a long way to go, but each and every step gets you that much closer to where you want to be. And that is worthy of a celebration!
I’ve hung the piñata and put on my favorite hot pink shoes (yes, I own hot pink shoes). So put on your party hat and share your baby steps here!