MY COVER LETTER TO BLACKROCK

The job application process has always slightly distressed me because of how fake it always felt. Writing resumes and cover letters always felt in some ways like I was manipulating truths and rearranging cliches, and it has always given me a feeling of unease. When applying for those entry-level clerical positions at companies that were irrelevant to my interests, I have to pretend like it’s been my dream all long.

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“STARTING OVER”

What with the ubiquity of social media, we are constantly bombarded with images of the lives of others–their trips, their jobs, their love lives, their breakfast, lunch and dinner. You don’t have to be incredibly insightful to deduce that the incessant updates of other people’s lives might contribute to our feelings that we may be “missing out” on fun and excitement, or that we may not be “measuring up” to the successes of our peers.

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PHOTOGRAPHER’S PLAYBOOK

I recently purchased a book that I cannot put down. It’s called The Photographer’s Playbook (edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, FYI). I discovered it while reading through an issue of Juxtapoz magazine a few months ago. This was back when I first moved home and felt that tiny flame of creativity reignite. It contains 307 assignments and ideas submitted by renowned photographers and filmmakers (Roger Ballen, Miranda July, Stephen Shore, etc) and photography teachers

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