After having breakfast at my local coffee shop, I was approached by some students who are currently studying at the London School of Journalism.
The London School of Journalism is right on my road in Maida Vale and this is the first time I have been approached by any of the students studying there - it turned out to be a very interesting and delightful conversation.
They told me who they were and why they wanted to talk to me. Part of their assignment was to go out and introduce themselves to members of the public and to practice their interviewing techniques. Today, I was the lucky one and I got to engage with some very passionate students in a very creative and important aspect of communication.
As many of you know, I earn my living as a professional Magician, Coach/Seminar Presenter and Speaker. What you may not know about me, is that when I was at school my first choice career was in fact Journalism. As I think back to my time at school, I'm a little surprised and curious as to why I didn't pursue Journalism with the same passion and dedication it took to me becoming an accomplished magician.
All I can say is, the magic bug bit me and left me transformed in the process – for the better I might add. It appears the wheel is coming full circle in my life, my passion for photography and social commentary has opened up a brand-new pathway – Photojournalism.
My encounter with the students allowed me the opportunity to engage, share my opinion about some very interesting questions that was asked of me. Our conversation covered racial issues, the world of music and show business and also the people engaged in these creative endeavours.
One thing I came away with from this experience is that as a Journalist, it is important to ask the right questions, in the right way so that the authentic truth can be expressed, written about and then shared. When the truth is spoken and written about, it then creates a platform for a conversation, which can be challenging, provocative and yet hopefully make a difference.
This was a wonderful experience to have today because I been asking myself:
How do I want to spend the next 10 years of my life?
What is my purpose?
How can I make a difference in the world?
These are the questions floating around in my mind and the experience I had with the students has given me part of the answer – my purpose in life, is to connect with other human beings, to love and create something of value that can make a difference in the world.
I feel blessed and privileged that I have been given the heart and soul of a magician, the ability to communicate and now, I am practising my vision as a photographer to capture images that communicate as powerfully as the spoken word.
I want to dedicate this post to the students I met today, their youthful joy and enthusiasm has reminded me of how to approach life, people and the value in honestly expressing myself.J
Magician, Lecturer, Speaker.