Have you ever felt pulled to do something, that when you think about, is totally unlike you? Have you ever felt your own intuition? I don’t believe in coincidences. I don’t believe in fate. I don’t believe. I know. I know that everything in our world has perfect timing and it’s our job to sync up to it. Not the other way around.
A few weeks ago, I publicly announced that I would no longer live in the endless scroll of social media. Then in perfect timing, my accounts started to get flooded with tags, shares, and private message from friends all over the world. “You should do this.” with a link to the Sony Alpha Female Creator-In-Residence Contest.
If someone handed you $25,000 and all the resources you needed, what would you do? Sony has offered the world a chance to think differently about how we grow professionally in a world where creativity is limitless.
I won’t go on about all the other happenings in my life that have serendipitously put me on this path. The path that says, “Do this. NOW.” A path that I am effortlessly aligning with. A path that was lit up for me, called my name and offered me a whole new perspective of possibilities in career and in life. A perfect path.
I was pulled. Like, yanked. Out of my head. Zoned right into a perfectly clear picture of what matters to me. So I did it. Last night, I hit send on this enter application. Sony now knows who I am.
I spent the last five days completely imagining a new level. A new level of my career. A new level of life. And I didn’t just imagine it. I created it. I wrote, typed, drew, researched, meditated, wrote some more, and still spent every waking hour, wondering if I had confidence could pull this off. Here’s what I decided.
Whether I win or not, I want to share this experience with you. I want you to know that you can do this too, whatever “this” is for you. Whatever is holding you back, you can let it go now. You can risk more and fear less, knowing that it more than possible to see life through a new lens, its inevitable. We will all be changing our careers and our lives in the next 30 years or less. So I have included all of the details of my application right here in this post. I want the world to know what I’m up too. Not only so you join me, but so you realize that you have the power to create anything you want too!
Thank you, Sony for giving me the opportunity to see myself even clearer than before. Thank you for motivating me as I’ve never been motivated before. Thank you for taking me to this next level. I’m here now. I’m not going back. Preparing for this contest has set the wheels in motion. They will not stop, only speed up! So thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I want the world to know this is what I stand for. This is my goal. This is what I want to share with the world. So I share it here now. The details of the contest. And my responses. My next level goals. My dreams. My truth.
Here’s a brief (directly from Sony) of the contest that I just finished applying for:
BECOME AN ALPHA FEMALE CREATOR-IN-RESIDENCE
Five professional creators with a lifelong commitment to photography or filmmaking. Six months to advance their careers. Are you one of them?
THE GRANT – $25,000 to remove what’s been holding you back and take your career to the next level.
THE GEAR – $5,000 in gear — A new camera and lens? More lenses and accessories for the camera you already have? You choose. And if it’s still not enough, we’ll loan you more.
These Alpha Females have been changing the world for the better for years. Fighting for the environment, empowering women, creating extraordinary art that challenges tradition, imparting professional knowledge, building multi-pronged businesses — these women have been paving the way for the next generation of creators and are ready to help you take your career to the next level.
Seriously?! Whether your a photographer or not, can you imagine having the chance to work personally with an artist you admire? After years of being an artist, a FEMALE artist, I can say that these women are inspiring a whole new way of living creatively. They are powerhouse game-changers and they don’t conform to the norms. That’s why I love them all so much!
So what did I have to actually do to apply for this contest?
To enter the Contest, here is what you will need:
- Your current resume
- Up to one-minute video introduction of yourself
- Up to five (5) photos and/or video examples of what “Be Alpha” means to you
- A short written essay describing your biggest career challenge and how this program will help you overcome it
- A written pitch of how you would leverage the program to achieve your career aspirations and what the outcome would be
- A high-level budget plan (what you’d be spending the money on)