People often ask how I got started in the photography industry. The journey began long before landing my first paid gig. Each weekend I gave myself unofficial assignments, showing up at local sporting events with two cameras dangling from my neck. These uncrowded sidelines were an ideal place to practice, build my skills, and assemble a portfolio. This collection of prints would ultimately be presented to a newspaper editor who decided to hire me. While I was now "official", it was really just a continuation of what I was already doing. This made it easier for the editor to take a chance on me. I believe it's best to create your own opportunities rather than waiting for something to happen. Ultimately, the work you put in now, will be rewarded later.