Monday 3rd October 2011, Los Angeles.
Tricia was staying with us in Bermuda while I was developing the idea for Wearelucky. She has taught photography and art history in the recent past, but now works at a gallery and spends her time making her own artwork.. She's very smart but not in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable and she has a skill for listening and making people around her feel good about themselves. We discussed Wearelucky for hours but I didn't ask her to participate until she was back in LA, thus missing out on the opportunity of a photo shoot.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
Super excited to be a part of it! Then, when I had to seriously think about how to spend the money in a way that is wise and not selfish, I found it extremely difficult. I felt like it had to be put towards something that dealt with the arts in some form because this is what I'm really passionate about.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I have decided to give half to an aspiring art historian and half to an aspiring photographic artist. Susie An did her undergraduate degree at Harvard in art history and is now in an art history phd program at Yale. Blake Brent has taken snapshots of everyday life for the last few years and he'll use the money to buy a medium format film camera so he can have larger negatives to print work from. He is currently taking a black and white photography class at a local college in Los Angeles. They're both pursuing passions that have been mine for years so this is my way of inspiring them to continue pursuing what means most to them.
3. What does 'good' mean to you?
It's a cliche and sounds silly but 'good' to me means sharing what you can and inspiring people to follow their passions.
4. Did you think about spending the money on yourself and what difference the money might make to your life?
I think that because I knew a bit about the project before it launched, I never considered spending it on myself. I also think that receiving money from others is always welcome and would certainly make a difference. It is license to get or do that special something that you might not have budgeted otherwise. But giving it to those who are important to you, especially when they are young and struggling, is far more rewarding.