Friday, 22 August 2014

Big Dreams: Jessica K Photography

This week I have been thinking a lot about the future, where I am and where I want to be. This has been a constant struggle for a while now, thinking back to this time last year where I was just a few months off finishing high school and all I wanted to do was be out, now this year I can't wait to be out of my diploma course. I think it is fair to say that I have decided against going to UNI, this is for a few reasons.

I hate when someone tells me to be creative as possible and then puts strict guidelines on what I must produce. (this doesn't apply to my client work) I also hate working in an environment where there is only one way of doing things and that way is perceived to always be correct, because that just isn't true in the 'real world.'



Over the past year I have gained confidence in many different ways, including my photography, retouching, body and mind. I credit this to a few changes, the obvious, being that I am no longer in high school, I am doing what I love every single day and the one main difference is I am now comfortable in my own skin, I added to my body tattoos that represent what I love and what I believe in, dyed my hair the colour I wanted and I can now dress for myself every day, as opposed to a uniform.

I asked myself some questions about my work to try and set some goals for myself:
Q: Who do you want to be as an artist?
A: I want to be an artist that creates images that have a meaningful message and connects with an audience who needs it most. I want to connect with people through my artwork and to inspire people to want more from life and make them think.

Q: What kind of work do you want to create?
A: I want to create images that connect with people deeply, weather it is through a stylised fine art image or through a more relaxed editorial from an adventure.

Q: What do you want to achieve?
A: Be published in magazines, features in galleries, connect with an audience either through workshops or simply social media. I want to go on big adventures, see the world, live life to the absolute fullest and live through fear.

Now, I have made some goals that I must be held accountable for, so what better way than telling all of you?

3 months: Finished assessment successfully, submitted 3 more editorials to magazines, marketing plan in place, submitted to a creative agency in Bris/Melb.
6 months: Moved interstate, submitted 3 more editorials to mags, traction with freelancing or with creative agency, entered 3 photography comps, collaborating with modelling agencies, building clientèle.
1 year: Traction freelancing/agency work, created new marketing plan, working as look book photographer, travelled to Sydney for work, entered 3 more photography comps and editorials to mags, cohesive fine art portfolio put together.
5 years: Living overseas, travelling as a fashion and fine art photographer.

Seems like some pretty big goals there hey? You know what they say, shoot for the moon and you'll land among the stars. I've also made little week to week goals such as drafting emails to galleries, perfecting my portfolio's, starting series' and research projects. Who knows where I will be in 3 months to a years time, these goals could be completely irrelevant and my life could turn around in an instant, but currently that is what I am going to go on and I am happy to move wherever life takes me and hopefully I will come across some serendipity.

Side note about my tattoos: 
Since I have gained artwork on my body I have come across a new kind of confidence and comfort in my own skin. It has helped me stay close to what matters to me most and express myself, for myself.

The places I was once self-concious about are now filled in with beautiful artworks that I get to live with for the rest of my life and that has helped in the biggest way possible towards my depression and anxiety which I see less of these days. It can only go up from here!

 Thank-you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful night or day.

1 comment:

  1. I have seen you grow in confidence in your amazing ability and finally become comfortable with the beautiful young woman you are. Keep working hard and you will achieve your goals. Can't wait to see what you will do in the next 12 months and where you will be.

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