At the age of 23, still in school, I have been extremely lucky for the opportunity to land a job at an editorial magazine here in Pittsburgh, www.whirlmagazine.com. Since I go to school for Photography, I found that Whirl was looking for interns for school credit. Up until I saw that posting, my photo "career" was almost nonexistent. I knew that to survive in this industry, I needed this position. An overwhelming sense of determination swept over me, and I began the application process. A complete overhaul to my resume and a few meetings later, I was sitting at Whirl as their new photo intern.
On the second day of my internship, I was given a responsibility that I thought at the time was a big deal; cut products out of a white background and edit them. Not to brag, but I strongly pride myself on my retouching abilities ( work shown on www.phlearn.com). I flew through the process and soon found myself looking for more work to do. I began browsing the work server, just looking for something else I could edit. I stumbled upon a fitness photo story the staff photographer at the time shot. I saw that there were some mistakes in the editing, so I took all of the photos, made copies, and re-edited them from scratch. I showed my finish edits to the art director. Needless to say, I was put in charge of retouching every photo from there on out.
Months down the road, the staff photographer Cayla (www.caylazahoran.com) told me that there was a chance that she would be moving to New York to freelance. My brain went haywire. This was my chance to be the staff photographer. I knew that I was more than capable of delivering, as earlier in my internship, I shot two large features that the staff was very impressed with.
February 1st came and Cayla packed up her bags. I was left in charge, of everything. At first it was one of the most daunting experiences of my life. I was solely responsible for the content of four magazines as Whirl has three other sister publications on top of the main magazine. 17 days have passed. I've shot more than 4000 frames, almost 10 features, and need to recharge my gripped 5Dmk3 daily. I couldn't be a happier person.