A week ago I received an e-mail from my UNT journalism professor, Thorne Anderson, with an opportunity to work for the Dallas Observer, a free alternative weekly newspaper distributed around Dallas, Texas.
In the past I had declined opportunities like this because of my part-time job as Best Buy’s Digital Imaging Specialist in Flower Mound. It was one of the only steady sources of income I ever had, and I’ve worked there for four years.
But, this time I decided it was time for a change. This time, I decided to pursue an opportunity, take a risk, go for something that matters. And, while although I’ll struggle with finances from now until the end of the semester (sometime in mid December), I’m prepared for that struggle.
Observer art director Alexander Flores will be overseeing my internship during my time there, and I have to say I’m really looking forward to working with him and the web editor, Nick Rallo.
Additionally, I’ve just bought my airfare for my trip to D.C., where I plan to photograph Congress and President Barack Obama at the Whitehouse, Oct. 11-17. Professional photojournalist and UNT alumnus Chip Somodevilla with Getty Images will be my contact in D.C.