From being employed to flying solo
My name is Rosie Mendoza and I'm excited to share my journey with all of you. I hope my 2 business cents inspire you to become all you can be and then some.
How did I go from being employed to running my own business?
After 11 years of working a 9 to 5 and making a decent income my creative side started asking for an outlet. Why not to take pottery classes and keep the other ball rolling you may ask? Well, between having a job, playing housewife and being a full time mom, there was zero room for my own personal recreation.
I had bills to pay and not the best support system so making money thru my hobby was the only option. So... during my last year working corporate I decided to teach myself photography via Youtube. I setup a homemade studio in the garage and started taking pictures of babies, families, pets you name it during the weekends. I truly believe that, at that time, my determination for making a living from something I really liked was bigger than my excuses. Til'...
I burned out. Hard. Physically. Mentally. But I knew there was A way out there to make it work. A smarter one. So I decided to start shooting weddings. Well, How was I going to ask people for thousands of dollars without a portfolio? Most important, I didn't have a clue how to do it.
Did I mention I love editing pictures? I offered my editing services to wedding photographers across the country and started working for them. Not only I was dissecting how/what/when capture weddings from beginning to end but I was making $ at the same time. With technology and skills by my side, THAT was a very smart move.
One of my clients was no so local but I already established a good relationship with her so I went for it and asked her if I could shadow her in one of her upcoming weddings. She said Yes! 2.5 hours driving back and forth…
The rest is history, seriously :)
Did you know?… NO, is a complete sentence. During the following months I got tons of those. Til' I got a yes! and another yes! and with my one wedding portfolio, an affordable package and tons of enthusiasm I sold myself to a handful of couples.
By the time my 9 to 5 old boss passed away and the company closed I was on my way to do what I love. Full time.
"If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse." - Ryan Blair
Til' next time. Take care. Rosie
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