The Overnight Success…After Years of Work

“They must just have the ‘it’ factor. They’re genetically gifted. I’m clearly not as talen-blah blah blah”

Throughout my time in athletics, it was always easy for people to make these arguments and excuses because of the physical feats at hand. There is definitely truth to those statements to an extent, but what happens when the physical demands are removed and everyone is on an even playing field in their craft? What if time was the biggest factor?

Is There an Easy Way In?

As an aspiring film maker and photographer I’ve read so many (SO MANY),

  • 10 Steps to Becoming a Full-Time Adventure Film Maker
  • 24/7 Traveler Hacks
  • Making a Living off Photography
  • How to _
  • When to_, etc

I’m fairly convinced, regardless of your craft, we all do it. We want to know and we NEED TO KNOW NOW! But we don’t. I’ve actually read some extremely inspiring ones as well like, How I Became a Travel Photographer, from Erin Outdoors (link below). These posts are extremely authentic and pure. 99% of the time these articles end with a general synopsis of, “it didn’t happen overnight and I worked years on end to get to where I am”. Right. Now am I going to argue this or try and prove “the process” wrong? Absolutely not. I was a top collegiate runner and The Process was a second Bible for me. What I want to do is provide insight to what this process actually looks like while someone undergoes it. Most all of these success stories are written after the fact, but what I want to do is inspire passionate creatives, like myself, through the weekly grind over the course of years. Meh. That kind of stings just saying it, but if I had thought about running 4:04 in the mile when I was 12 years old, that would sting just a much.

probably saw a squirrel on the bridge

*The Process Ensues*

I originally moved to Seattle to milk my athletic potential, but it seems one’s true passions can only be masked so long. I reverted back to getting lost in the mountains and creating photos and videos for fun. Things progressed, given the opportunity in the Emerald City, and I started making content for the Brooks Beasts Track Club (unpaid), companies like Honey Stinger, RunGum, and SOS Rehydrate, who I am an ambassador for (unpaid), and just random product/travel photography in my free time for my Instagram (unpaid). Do you see the trend? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

99 Problems and They’re Probably Money rn

I have yet to be paid in my new home for doing what I love most. That is exactly why I want to be super transparent as I grind through the not particularly glamorous stage of my creative career. It’s been hard, especially since I work part time retail at Brooks, work as a social media intern with them (did I mention it’s unpaid), and have to support a rather financially demanding career path when starting out. But it’s been done. For months I’ve been back and forth on friends’ couches, saving ALL my leftovers (I have a whole new perspective on the SIN that is wasting food), and more times than not, waking up at 5:00am on the cold, tile floor after my air mattress deflates overnight.

my dope temporary cave featuring 5-star bed


The journey thus far has been amazing, despite some less-than-home-like features, and I’m stoked to have this website as a platform to document, inspire, and share my journey to individual greatness. I’ve learned to be so much more grateful for the family, friends, and opportunities that have helped me be better everyday, and especially more blessed to be in the arms of the Man above.

me writing this – blogception

Chase dreams, have faith smile on. Don’t be afraid to go beyond.

“I could have never done this alone, nor would I have wanted to” – Erin Sullivan


How I Became a Travel Photographer