Stranger 32/100 – Kevin

Stranger-32–Kevin2.jpgWhen I told our next stranger that I was finding interesting people and taking their portrait, he responded, “But I’m not very interesting.”

Meet Kevin.

Kevin was in Charlotte for a job interview. He measures in at 6 feet 8 inches tall and is one of the few strangers that I’ve had to crane my neck to look up to.

He’s from South Carolina and will graduate in December from Furman University studying Economics.

Charlotte is a good place to be for that… “Yes, lot’s of opportunities.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “I would start networking a lot earlier than I did. Because I feel like, once I started networking, a sea of opportunities opened up to me. It’s just so much faster.”

“Don’t wait until your sophomore year, sophomore year is late. You’ve got to begin to have a conversation about what you want to do and what your interests are and start pinning what you want to be, what you like and what you’ll do based on your abilities.”

What do you do in your free time? “I played basketball for many years. I watch sports. I love to watch basketball and soccer. I read the newspaper. I’m very interested in the markets and politics. There’s so much going on that affects your life. So I started diving into that to make sure that I remain current and informed.”

I asked him where he wants to be in twenty years and told me he eventually wants to own his own business. He commented that my questions sounded like a job interview. I told him that perhaps this was a good warm up for his real interviews.

Technical Notes: We were in a shaded area with light bouncing off the buildings across the street. I stood on my toes and stretched to get the camera as close to eye level as possible.

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