It was the fifth grade. I nervously sat across from the interviewer. “Philip, why should we accept you into this art program?
“Because I want to work at Disney and I need your help to get there.”
It was a cute answer indeed. A bet they giggled at my optimism. Having already received my art teacher recommendation and a satisfactory portfolio review, it was the last step to be accepted into Rolling’s School of the Arts; a magnet middle school with extended and specialized classes in the arts.
Over the next three years (6th, 7th, 8th grade), I would spend over two hours a day, every day in art class, learning how to draw, paint, and create all different kinds of art. I didn’t know it at the time but it was the foundation for my journey of becoming a photographer.
While I never got to work for Disney, I think it’s pretty impressive that I was able to turn my artistic talents into a full-time career.
I started photographing weddings only two years after high school, 2006. How crazy is that. 🙂