I Always Wanted to Be an Artist

Last week, I asked my Dad if he could find and scan in some photographs from when I was young doing creative activities to include in my keynote I’m giving tomorrow morning. This is one of the ones he sent.

The reason for the photographs, is I have fond memories of whenever people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say, “I want to be an artist.”

At that point I most likely thought it would have something to do with drawing. My Grandfather and I use to draw pictures back and forth in our letters and send them in the mail to each other. Whenever we got together we’d doodle. I had (and still do) a very active imagination and I was always making up some story and having fun with the nearest object making believe that it was something more exciting.

The point is, that as I grew older I continued to create new thing and try out new outlets for my passion to create. I got into blogging, found my way behind a microphone and now have written a book. This is one of the reasons I’m constantly taking photos because it keeps the creative vibe going. I’m not quite the artist I imagined when I was younger, but I’m ok with it.

I think adults too often forget how much fun creating is. How much fun they can have producing content in any medium that excites them.

In a strange, round about way I guess I did grow up to be an artist. In a loose, random, I wouldn’t have it any sort of way.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

  • David Jacobs

    An architect. I always liked to draw buildings. That or a travel writer as I loved to write and I loved to travel to new places. I also wanted to be a movie reviewer because I admired Rodger Ebert so much.

    The greatest gift of the Internet is that it allows you to create in any form you are comfortable with. You can write or use audio, video and photos.

  • http://www.tracybains.ca @tbains

    When asked, I remember emphatically answering, “I’m going to be a writer!”

    I’m not publishing novels today, but I’ve found a way to keep writing on a daily basis at work–from reports and performance reviews to ads–and at home via micro/blogging.

    Sweet reminder!

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  • Whereslaska

    I TOO always wanted to be an artist, but didn’t think I could make a living at it. I also have a fascination with marketing. In two weeks I will begin a Graphic Design program at my local community college. I’m 51 and finally excited about my future!

  • John

    thanks for this post…I too love photography and am constantly taking photos (and video), but I’ve never thought of it in the way you framed it…”it keeps the creative vibe going”
    Also, your photo is awesome on so many levels: your duds, the farm set (nice wrangling by the way), the carpet and furniture, the tones and colors…
    For what it’s worth, I found a great app for my iphone called Hipstamatic that takes really great vintage looking photos…
    Thanks again

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  • http://twitter.com/Milaspage Mila Araujo

    People underestimate the creativity involved in being able to explore an idea and then convey that feeling through a blog. Always being open to inspiration and taking chances. Wonderful post, thank you!

    You are an artist, for only an artist can move people with their craft.

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