A Memoir from Instagram
I’ve been posting a lot lately on my Instagram these are direct captions from my posts.
I worked the grave shift at Amazon’s warehouses in Pennsylvania … then got into an accident and totaled my car, so I moved to the big city with $2000 to my name, lived in my sister’s basement and did every odds and end job on Craigslist to make ends meet. Worked for free to build my portfolio. Commuted 3/4 hours from Staten Island to Long Island for a wedding editor job.. then worked at Best Buy for minimum wage. Worked for free to get more experience. Then I made restaurant videos for $20 a piece and sometimes I even got a meal which were the GOOD days. I worked for a party company that did inflatable rides on Saturdays and Sundays. Worked for free to build my skills at night. Sat in a Starbucks for 6–10 hours paying $2.50 for a coffee and a banana (my meal for the day), I was making ads on Craigslist and every other job board to advertise my skills. Got more experience, learned how to price myself… still did free work on the weekends. I worked on my craft and got better at everything…did this for four years…before I met @garyvee and offered him a free video. BUT…yeah maybe you’re right, maybe there’s no value in “free” work…you do you…leave the opportunity for the kids like me.
This is for the kids like me, sitting in their basements right now, dreaming, testing and learning. The kids who fall in love with the countless hours it takes. The kids who stayed at home to work on their craft. The kids who find beauty in the mistakes. The kids who lives and breathes what they love. This is for you.
When I moved to NYC, I didn’t buy anything, I didn’t go out, I didn’t hang out with friends. I worked and I made no money. Made less than 10k my first two years. Did so many projects for “free” if I didn’t do any of that — I wouldn’t be here.
Whatever you like doing, keep doing that.
I’m only comfortable in discomfort
I was telling someone today that I remember the days when I used to wish I had a good enough camera to go out and film something, now I have access to more than I know what to do with.Don’t underestimate the possibilities of optimism and positivity. I’m fortunate enough to do what I love. Though it’s tough…learning how to be a leader and how to be the bigger man in every situation doesn’t always come natural — you have to put your ego down and keep your head up. But never ever let a dream die — sometimes discerning between delusion and dreams is tough, which is why learning who you are and what you’re good at is very important.
Don’t let comfort distract you
I didn’t know what I was doing when I picked up my first camera. I didn’t know what I was doing when I first started editing. I didn’t know what I was doing when I said I wanted to become a filmmaker. I didn’t know what I was doing when I said we should make a vlog about Gary’s life. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in 5/10/15 years, but all I know is I’m out here doing.
Give yourself more chances by taking more chances
Results are never measured by how much you don’t work.
Hard work forever pays.
Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with your voice trembling. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are. Start with what you’ve got. Just start.
Others can interpret your actions as being selfish but if you’re doing the best you can to give them as much opportunity as possible that’s on them. Intent is everything. Be selfless in your giving, be supportive of others, give more than you take. Be grateful of the opportunities you’ve been given. Take full advantage of them by giving it your all. Put yourself in a position to succeed. Spend time on learning about yourself and triple down on your strengths. Be patient, be kind.
I really love what I do, and I hope that none of you that are chasing your dreams ever give up.. be cause if you work your ass off and really love it and have tons of patience, you can actually do what you love everyday.
What you love doesn’t have to be cool, it has to be honest. ❤
If you want to follow the journey, you can find me on Instagram (DRock)