When you gonna die, whet do you want people to remember about you ? What will be your contribution to this world ? Do you want to be remembered as another street style photographer that takes pictures of bags and shoes to make a living by selling them few bucks for magazines and websites ? Don’t you have bigger ambitions for your life than just being “another one” ?
Because we need money to pay our bills, too many people chose the most common way : do what other people already do. Don’t make waves, don’t try to innovate and take risks. Look around you, look among your friends : you’ll find many of them being ok with this mindset. Some even make a fortune by just copying : just look at Samsung copying Apple’s iPhones. At the end, it all comes to what make you feel alive. As far as one’s can make a descent living, one will feel fine.
But have you tried just one time, to challenge the system ? Have you tried just one time in your life to go beyond your comfort zone, no matter how high the risks and consequences would be ? Do you remember how scared your were first to only becoming excited and then delighted by this experience ? You might have failed but it didn’t matter to you anymore. You tried and just that fact, makes you another person.
As I decided to create from scratch the first stand up comedy festival in France, I took a big financial risk as stand up comedy was not as popular as in the US. But I was confident because I trust my gusts. The success was immediate. 800 persons 3 nights in a row. I was losing money but yet I was happy. I prove to big TV and events producer that a simple guy, with no money, no showbiz connections could disrupt the system and do better than them. And to prove to myself that I was afraid of nobody, I decided to learnt stand up comedy to play in front of an audience too. I bombed the first time but the next week I was on stage again and again and again the following weeks until I made people laugh too. And they laugh. Because I’ve learnt and committed to make a difference.
Why I am telling you that short stories about my life ? Because I just want to you take some risks in your life to live your best. Taking risks starts by thinking differently than others, than your colleagues, your friends that never go out of their comfort zone. A last exemple ? New York fashion week : Diesel fashion show ended 10 min. ago. Street style photographers are chasing women to take in picture their shoes, bags, accessories. Sad. There is so much more to remember from fashion week than items. As usual I flee the photographer to capture sweet moments of life. I cross the street and I see her, with her friends. I instantly know that she has “something”, this magic that will show me once again how beautiful is humanist photography compared to street style photography. From the other side of the road, I tease her. She teases me back. We are best friends now, lol. The light is red, she can cross. I tell her that now, she is my top model and that the road is her runway, that she must take advantage of it. She played the game better than I expected it, making her friends bursting into laughs. I can her what she is telling me and I don’t care. She was having fun and making her friends laugh.
It’s because I take risks, because I make different choices than others that I can create that kind of sweet moments. The univers always rewards those who take risks to make this world better. That day, I wan a new friend. Isn’t it a great reward for being different ? Now, it’s your time to be different. And see the univers rewards you.