Somebody lied when they said the road to success was easy and smooth. Somebody lied when they said everybody in Lagos was eating good food. Somebody lied when they said serving under someone was easy. Somebody lied when they said working for rich clients was the best because they know your worth but the truth be told, you sometimes aren’t treated differently from their house maid.
It’s a big lie when people say making money in life is what makes you a man. I’m sorry, somebody lied. It’s also a painful lie when they say fame is what you need to be successful, but I tell you my friend it still doesn’t stop there. Because human beings are never satisfied except you have God in your life.
Somebody lied when they told you it was easy tolerating people’s behavior and their flaws. It’s not easy putting up with my partners flaws I tell you. Likewise it is not easy with them putting up with mine.
Somebody lied when they told you professionals don’t get tensed up when they meet people who are “made” in the industry. Truth be told, Mr Seun was tensed.
Somebody lied when they told you ladies don’t get preferential treatment because of their weakness or something they do.
Somebody lied when they told you that you would never make a mistake in life. I made a mistake this week by keeping the token of the office account were am not supposed to.
And that is why I would say my experience last week was full of lies. Lies of trying to impress. Lies of trying to meet up with standard. Lies of trying to paint the toilet all because of a celebrity. Lies of trying to re-arrange every where all because we had a special client. Lies of trying to make sure that everywhere was properly kept. Lies of believing that our celebrity guest was different from us..like he does not laugh,
like he wears something different from what we wear..like he his an angel full of a white regalia. Only for me to discover that what makes him different was just the ice and the prince. If you do remove that he his just Panshak Zamani.
Although I had to also lie too by making him feel I was a die hard fan of him, especially wen I was called upon to play something that will inspire him to take a pose. Suddenly I discovered that I had almost all his latest track. Surprisingly to me, he makes millions of people dance through his songs but he could not inspire himself to pose well. This made me realize that he was human and that no man is an island.
While taking those poses something struck me, which was Ice not being himself. He wanted to be himself but voices everywhere would not allow him. Was it from the stylist, who felt he knew everything or from the clients who felt they paid him (Ice Prince) for this.
It was fun though because Ice eventually enjoyed himself and made me realize what it means to be a superstar. Baba God please make me a brand and not just a superstar, I pray.
I end my note by saying the journey of photography has so many challenges. Somebody lied when they told me it was all about the camera and taking nice pictures. It’s all about the people you are going to come across with as a result of what you do.
I am Obaloluwa Omole and my journey in becoming one of the best photographer in the world continues as my experiences at eloPhotos Academy refines me.