We were lucky to catch up with Audrey McCroskey recently and have shared our conversation below.
Audrey, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. What did your parents do right and how has that impacted you in your life and career?
Something that my parents did right that has impacted both my life and career was teaching me that nothing will ever be handed to me. If I want something, I have to be willing to put forth the work and effort in order to make it happen for myself. My dad has owned his own excavation company my entire life and I’ve seen the type of dedication and discipline a business requires in order to operate — owning your own business is not a 9-5, 5 days a week job. It’s a 24/7 operation, no matter what industry you’re working in. I’ve been fortunate enough to have parents that have always supported my photography career and have wanted me to be successful in it and have always helped in any way they can. However, I do know that at the end of the day, it is my responsibility to make my goals come to fruition. Without being taught I need to work for everything I have and everything I want, I don’t think I would be half as successful as I have been with my work.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Audrey McCroskey. I was born and raised in the North Texas area, where at the age of 14, I began to combine my love for music and photography by making images of local bands.
Since then, I have graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas with a degree in photography and have worked for several years as a freelance photographer in the Dallas area.
Choosing photography as my career has allowed me the opportunity to meet incredible new people, travel to extraordinary places, and experience events I would have never thought possible.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect of being an artist is seeing my clients have a genuine smile when they see images of themselves we have created. My job is to make them feel good about themselves and feel comfortable in front of a camera, which is not always easy for a lot of people. But seeing someone genuinely love a photo you’ve created of them is beyond rewarding. It lets me know that I’ve done my job the right way.
In your view, what can society to do to best support artists, creatives and a thriving creative ecosystem?
Something society could do to best support local artists, creatives, and a thriving creating ecosystem is putting more emphasis on how important art is in daily life. Art is everywhere, whether it’s the songs you listen to on the way to work, the clothing someone designed that you’re wearing, even the car you drive or the buildings you look at. When the Covid pandemic first hit and we all found ourselves at home, many turned to art as a creative outlet or new found hobby. The best thing about art is that it comes in so many different mediums that the possibilities are endless — if you’ve created something, it’s art.
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