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My Word For 2018: Perseverance by Brian Suman

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, I choose a ‘word’ of the year so for 2018 my word was perseverance. I know that there is still some year left but I felt tugged to pen a few thoughts today on my year and my word.

This year has been so very different for me creatively. I chose at the end of last year to change my direction in photography which meant not focusing on genres that I previously had the last three years. This also meant that I may lose previous clients or say no to opportunity that would come my way but I felt tugged to change. I have been so very blessed with opportunities since beginning in photography but I felt like there was something more for me as a creator.

I had begun to feel limited and you could challenge me by saying that I didn’t have to stop growing what I had previously had accomplished and to that I would say no I didn’t but after prayer and meditating on it for some time I knew it was time.

I needed my creative expression to be bigger.

Funny thing though, I didn’t choose my word after I had made my big decision so it was though my spirit knew what was in store for 2018 and knew what I needed to hold me accountable.

‘Perseverance’ is a word I have now uttered to myself numerous times over the last 10 months. Even as I write this, I still feel lost but found in so many ways. I am still scared but comforted. But one thing is for certain, my word has been more powerful than I would have imagined it to be. It has helped hold me accountable and encouraged me. It has told me to push on when I wanted to give up.

It continues to tell me, “whatever you do you have to keep moving forward”.

Friends, I challenge you before the year ends to choose a word that can help you bring your imagination to life and make you do something that you have never done before. As simple as it seems, it works and it can be your game-changer for 2019.


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Portrait photographer based out of Hamilton, Ohio. When not photographing people to help tell their story, I spend my time bringing my imagination to life and doing things I have never done before.

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So, what does collaboration mean to me? by Brian Suman

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This week's topic. Collaboration. In this video, I share what it means to me to collaborate and I also share the thoughts of Logan Powell and Matt Hoffman.

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Is Success Defined by Followers & Likes? by Brian Suman

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Why do we care about followers & likes on our social media platforms? Do we really need it to validate who we are as an artist? Maybe it will mean fame of some sort if we have thousands flocking around what we post. Yes, our next client could be in there in the crowd, a new contact that we could meet for collaboration, or a new friend. Those are all positives for sure and I don't want to discount those opportunities. 

I will be transparent and say that I find myself looking at the numbers often, wondering if I will see an increase on my next post. Will my work resonate with the masses and give me that validation that I am honing in on my skill and driving towards success. But, we all need to look inward and understand what does success mean to us deep down. Why do we create?

So, what is the definition of success?

The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

The attainment of popularity or profit.

A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.

The definitions of success are no surprise and they alone have some sort of validation of why we find ourselves seeking more followers and likes but when I feel myself becoming discourage as to why my stats aren't growing and the feeling comes on that my work is not good enough I ask myself a question.

Why did you start creating? 

I started for me. No one else. I was following my God-given drive to create and my soul was being fed on the process and the feeling that I could say "I did that". There was no outside audience or desire to have one in the beginning. I was just having fun and doing what I loved to do. 

As our creative journey progresses, we will share our work and engage in our social communities achieving followers and likes but when we feel that we are focused too much on what others think of our creations ask yourself.

Why did you start? Are you still holding steadfast to who you are as an artist and what you want to create? Not creating for the followers and likes.

Keep chasing what you desire to create and remember there is only one follower and like that matters most. 

That's YOU.

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Shine Your Light - Jon Young by Brian Suman

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