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Written by Michael September 14, 2013
The best thing about college is finding out what you’re going to do in life. Whether it’s because of your major, job, or someone you meet, things fall into place in college and you learn truly who you are.
Recently, my internship had gotten me in contact with a rap group, FBA. They contacted me about doing some freelance work. I was pretty pumped to get to shoot a video for them. Check it out:
I got to meet the crew of WNCI 97.9, and got to go back stage at the Varsity Club and meet security. It was incredible.
But when I was working my internship one night, things got a little out of hand. I was taking video at the Midway bar for Trending Sounds and one girl came up to me saying if I did photography too. I said I did, and low and behold she asked me to help her with a modeling portfolio.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE.
Another guy overheard this conversation and asked if I did music videos, and is now working on a rap album. He is currently inquiring me to film a video for him.
This is getting ridiculous.
I didn’t have any way of handling these kinds of requests for work. I already have a job, and internship, volunteering in the Scarlette fashion magazine, working with my church, and this blog. I had no idea what to do.
So I made my own business.
Well I’m starting it. I have a website up, I have services and am taking clients. I offer photography and video work. If you’re curious, here’s my site:
It’s pretty rad, but now this means that I have to actually have a business. I’m currently applying for all my legal things with the state of Ohio. It’s incredible how it all works.
Slowly I am coming to realization how horrible small businesses have it. Especially when just starting out. Not only is it in my case that I am pretty much funding my own expenses, and competing with professionals, but also I am doing everything myself. On top of school, my job, and internship.
I feel drained.
Welcome to the real world. The working world. I am learning more about time management and productivity now than I have ever before. I may be incredibly busy, and have a lot of work to do, but I am at peace. I have never felt more successful, or comfortable doing what I am doing.
I am managing to do lists, calendars, emails, and phone calls with ease like I am some CEO. Really I am though. I’m an entrepreneur now.
I feel refreshed. I feel new.
Who can say at by the time they were 20 years old they not only were studying, holding a job, and getting internships, but also started their own business in college?
That’s some Mark Zuckerberg stuff right there.
I am so excited to get this running, and to provide art to people who want it. It’s always been my passion to help people, and now I can combine that passion with my love for art.
Without Ohio State giving me these opportunities I don’t think I would even be close to where I am today. Ohio State truly is the most in depth, world preparing college there is.
I truly suggest doing precisely what you came to college to do. Don’t put your passion on the backburner because you don’t think you can succeed.
All the greats in the world didn’t become great over night. They became great because they were in the same position you are now. Some a broke college kid, some a high school drop out, some a struggling C student. But they all overcame that and became great. Do what you love to do and if it’s meant to be, it will be.
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This is cool!
This is inspiring. I guess you were in the right place at the right time….being confident definitely helps. BTW, how much money do you need to start your own business?
Well it depends. Different types of businesses require different things. Some require getting a vendors license. Those can vary depending on what vendor you are. Anywhere from free to $50. Then filing with the Ohio Business Gateway and the IRS can range from $50 to $200 depending on what you are doing. Then once you get $600 in income you have to file taxes. There are a lot of other fees too. Like for different forms and such. It can be expensive when you’re just starting.
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