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Stranger 99/100 – Kevin

Stranger-99-Kevin.jpgStranger 99/100 – Kevin

“I want to make a name for myself. I want people to know me.”

Meet Kevin.

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Take school extremely seriously. High school, middle school… all of it.”

What is your biggest challenge right now? “Maintaining… keeping a steady pace.”

What’s keeping you from doing that? “Myself… not being disciplined.”

What are your goals? Where do you want to be in ten years? “In ten years… I want to make a name for myself. I want people to know me. I want to make an impact… at least for my family.”

What’s the plan? “I do a little music right now… hip-hop, rap.”

What’s the biggest misconception people have about you? “I don’t know… people just ask me if I’m ok… like I have a mean face all the time. I don’t really talk to a whole lot of people. I just keep to myself.“

If you could put a billboard up in Charlotte, what would it say? “Life goes on.”

Are you active in the music scene yet? “I’m just writing. I haven’t stepped into the studio just yet, but I’ve been writing a lot of stuff.”

What advice would you give to people starting out in music? “Never give up honestly. Nowadays you can really go viral… you just gotta keep going. Even when you feel like you’re not going so good… you’re not gaining fans… even if it takes years, just keep going. Even people who are big now, it took them years. You just gotta keep pursuing it and getting better and better and finding that new thing that people like.”

Technical Notes: It was a cloudy day, and I used a reflector below Kevin’s face to even out the light. Despite the processed look, I barely edited this portrait at all in Lightroom. This was the rare case where the subject, lighting and background all came together at the same time.

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.