I have been watching documentaries lately about people who’s work we see and are able to recognize rather effortlessly, but do not know who they are in the sense of what they look like, what they may be like as an individual, and no nothing of their steps they took to get where they are. The two most distinct that have stood out in my mind are Kevin Clash, the puppeteer of Elmo, and Bill Cunningham, the renowned New York Times photographer.
Both of these persons’ stories of how they got to be where they are was purely driven by their passion for something. They were both criticized by peers at times for liking something “different”, but let nothing stand in their way, to make sure they get to do what they love for the rest of their lives. Even financially, neither of them cared how much they were paid, how much recognition they received for their work, but just the fact that they wanted to do what they want to do, and to do it as much as they can. There is an element of creation of something in their own vision they couldn’t live without, and found a way to make this happen no matter what.
Bill Cunningham is known for not accepting pay for his photographs and spreads in publications, for he states “money is cheap, and freedom and liberty are expensive”. He views compensation as control, and has a system that if he does not receive pay, and people still desire his work, then he is in complete control for they have no grounds to tell him what he can and cannot do.
The passion seen in these people makes me feel inspired to really sit back and think of how I can incorporate elements of my life I am passionate about into my career path. Not to shy away from what truly makes me happy in order to make a substantial amont of money. Also, as Kevin Clash demonstrates everyday, the satisfaction from work can not only be for yourself, but how your enjoyment of what you do inspires others and makes others happy.