Recently I've found myself having to tell more and more models and potential clients that I am unavailable. Until now very few people have been aware of what my actual occupation is. I would love to say that I travel the United States and photograph for high profile businesses and boutiques however those days remain in the distant future. So what do I do that requires me to travel some weeks in excess of 1,000 miles per week?
It started a year ago this week, I parked in a bank parking lot during the early morning hours on an extremely cold day and entered a vehicle driven by somebody who I had previously never met. It was the most sketched out thing I had ever done in my life but this individual was an employee for a company I knew nothing about yet was heavily intrigued by. So there I was with a complete stranger as I shadowed what it took to be a private investigator. Yes a P.I. not a police officer but someone who remains in the shadows and continuously utilizes the mask of anonymity to deliver the facts to the client.
So it's now a year later and the past 10 months have been absolutely amazing. I've had the opportunity to travel to a variety towns of under 200 people to large thriving cities that are filled with a working class that is beyond familiar with road rage and the last thing on their mind is where you are from as long as they get to where they are going.
I still live with my parents, at this point most of you will finally understand why that is reasonable. During the average month I am home maybe 7 days at most. So why pay or rent a place to call home when I would never be there? I'm currently picking away at my student loans and just enjoying this rare opportunity. One year ago after leaving radio I had no idea what I would do, but I was certain it wouldn't be radio. Managing two stations was truly eye opening and it was way more high strung than what I had encountered during my high school and college radio experiences.
For the past ten months a majority of people were under the impression that I was an intern for various zoo keepers. When I checked into small towns on my Foursquare application several people started messaging me noting that there were no notable zoos within hundreds of miles. When that fell through I led people to believe I was chasing my dreams as a comedian, to my surprise the announcement was well received and multiple people informed me that they looked forward to getting high and watching me on Comedy Central. Personally I feel I am hilarious without Marijuana but I can't be the decision maker for every individual.
So here I am finally doing something I love that is never the same, I wont delve into the specifics of my occupation but I am indeed a private investigator for a company that will go unnamed. I will continue to film and photograph at every opportunity, I've been slacking on video but I will turn over more amazing pieces as time allows. I am able to accommodate most requests if I am given enough notice to avoid conflicts with my employer.
So to answer your question no I have not fallen off the map, I've simply disappeared into working habitually so I can conquer student loans and continue building my arsenal of equipment to further embrace my side profession of photography and film. It became more than a hobby when I found myself bringing my personal equipment on trips and going out in the early morning and evening to capture the stories my eyes wanted to tell.
The past 50,000 miles have been life changing and I look forward to the next 50,000!