Being a leader

I have seen many people recently come out to speak on Gun Control, People calling them leaders of their generation. But sometimes I listen and realize that words can fall silent if you do not educate yourself on a subject, or if you do things like speak on gun control, but where the patch of Cuba a communist led nation on your shoulder. I have seen leaders come and go. I have seen people only taught to speak well but when the words come out of their mouths those words mean almost nothing because they are reading a speech written by someone uneducated about a subject.

If we look at people in books what it took to be a good leader was hard work and dedication to whatever profession they were in. They knew when to speak and when to walk away. They knew how to lead people in general. In order for them to be a great leader, they also needed to know how to be a mentor and teach those below them. They knew how to go about business and take that role and make people like and adore them.

We today need those sort of leaders, yet they are far and few between. We need a person who has the drive and the capabilities to make things happen while people will back those because they became educated on the subject before speaking. Sometimes though a leader can also be a quiet type. The type who takes control only when he or she needs to. I have watched so many times leaders speak and repeat the agenda everyone else is pushing. I have watched the verbatim repeat what the news and newspapers tell them day after day, like not an original thought exists in their heads.The reason their words fall silent is because we have heard those same words over and over again, and those words have been so embedded into our brains, that we repeat them like a computer.

We need to take people under our wings as authority figures, parents, and mentors and teach the younger generations what it takes to be a leader. I always hear my own son talk about what he does because his friends do it. I always try to tell him you be the leader, you set the example, but set a good example. I think we have all heard the go to if those words fall silent. If your friends jumped off a bridge would you? We have to look towards what our parents and grandparents went through and taught us. Choose the teacher you liked best and remember how he taught, because he made an impression as a leader. Take a little time each day to teach something new to someone. Make someone smile and laugh, but also know when it is time to be serious.

Growing up, and even as adults we learn from our mistakes and we try to correct even ourselves. We learn from watching what is going on in the world around us and we try to make this world a better place even if it is through a blog, or a Facebook or twitter post. We try to be positive although at times it can be tough when daily we see war, famine, protests, gun violence. We see all these negative things and we post over and over about them. Take for instance when the Florida School shooting took place, even until today about every other post is on that school shooting. although its over a month old now we are still posting the most negative things, and arguing with one another instead of sitting down and figuring out how to solve it.

Well one way to solve this spike in School shootings is quit giving the shooters  attention 24 hours a day 7 days a week. These people are typically narcissistic looking for attention. It is their way to get attention because someone at home or in school did not pay attention to them and they were outsiders and this is their way to fame. Notice since about 1998-99 after Columbine, the school shootings have increased. There is a simple answer why. Well actually 2 reasons i have. The increase in 24 hour a day news providers such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS and many more. The other reason being the increase in social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. When Columbine happened it was the dawn of social media with AOL and AIM, YAHOO, and MySpace. So people now had outlets to get and gain national fame by what they did.

The other thing that bothers me is racial tension. It really does not matter if your White, Black , Asian, Hispanic, or Muslim. Whatever race or religious background you may have it is not a reason to hate one another. We need to stop, we need to look at the person next to you and think of them as equal to you. I always hear the media pushing race baiting. It is sickening because every article somehow almost pushes black against white, or Christianity vs the nation of Islam. STOP!!!! We are all one people, one nation, one world and it is time to come together as such. Quit letting the media mold you. Quit letting social media mold you. You are individuals with your own thoughts and emotions. But before you speak make sure you get educated on the subject you are speaking on. Look up statistics, look up history of whatever your subject you are speaking on. Make sure you make valid points and just not spew the same stuff the media spews over and over again. Become a leader, a mentor, and a teacher to a younger generation. Teach them and make sure they are the leaders of tomorrow who will be our change.

Well hopefully this made sense and you were able to follow along a bit and heed some of what I said. You do not have to agree, you can debate me, but part of debating is staying away from the name calling I see everyday on Facebook and other social media outlets. You do not have to name call in order to get a valid point point across. Thank you for listening or reading my rants and raves…

 

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Dont Sit Back!!

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I just watched a Live feed on Facebook by Stel Bailey. She was talking about being a GO GETTER!!!. I do believe that gigs and clothing etc… Is not going to be just handed to you in the photography and modeling industry. Yes you will be able to land designers and yes they will want you to shoot their stuff, but not with a ton of footwork and talking so they get to know you and what you can do for them.

Over the past several months I have worked with an awesome friend/model Jessie Ann and I have done a ton of footwork to get where we are at as a team. Not only have I done promoting her Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram etc.. But she has also promoted herself to get where she is at. I went to the companies with her original photos she had from another photographer and said here is a model I would like to shoot your stuff with. 3 companies and 1 designer have jumped at the opportunity.

The point is I did not sit back and let those companies come to me and expect they just are going to send stuff. I worked my butt off to get them to want us and me to shoot for them. Just to mention a few names, Swimrags Swimwear, Rock God Eyewear and even now Husk Apparel. This was not easy!!! People it takes hard work and alot of determination.

Many hours were spent planning the shoot for me to go from Illinois to Pennsylvania. Spent alot of time discussing locations, getting lodging for the weekend, food , and transportation from here to there and then to the locations once I get there. It is not easy to do all that and then you have to battle weather elements in the middle of April. We shot on a beach for the swimsuit part of our shoot, on Lake Erie again in the middle of April. Be prepared for elements if you are doing this in April, and make sure you have the proper attire for in between wardrobe changes, so your model stays comfortable. I would rather I freeze than my model. So in between shots she was in my jacket, In a Pink Victorias Secret Hoodie covered in towels just so she was warm and could be ready to go brave the elements for the next suit.

Like I said sometimes in order to get results though you must produce the results. It is not just about things being easy. I have invested alot of time and effort to get where I am at and It has been very rewarding at times. Make sure when you approach companies you have a good body of work or a great portfolio. that is absolutely necessary. They want to see what you can do who you have shot with, where you are published, etc….

Getting published is a whole different ballgame and again that I will discuss in another blog because there is alot more to write on that!!!

Thank you for reading again,

Brian Andrews