(On the left is a photo he took at a friend's wedding.)
I think it'll be good for him. He plans to make it a forum to share his thoughts on photography and film. He also talks like a nerd, so he asked me to help him edit his entries (or contribute entire posts). Although I think the dual voices might make an interesting mix of technical babble (his) and irreverent enthusiasm (me).
Someone called him with a wedding request today and he has an interview with a local wedding photography company next week (which he got after I took pains to persuade him to cold call a list of downtown studios). It's like pulling teeth, trying to convince introverts to do anything! I love him, but it's sometimes exhausting having to teach him the basics of negotiation and banter.
I mean, he's a beautiful man, but I told him half-jokingly that just because he easily catches the attention of gay men doesn't mean he can wing it with women.
To be honest, if I could, I would quit pursuing my career to work with him full-time. We make a great team so I really want this to happen for him. I was also born into a family of entrepreneurs, so managing a business and writing cheques (literally and figuratively) would be the ultimate dream. After years of freelancing gigs after university, I realized it's important to develop skills that would allow you to make a living especially during lean times. I graduated into a recession and remember going from job interview to job interview, competing with people with two decades of newsroom experience under their belts. So I made ends meet by teaching piano at studios located in different cities, just so I could earn enough to get out of my parents house.
Paul has a gift, but he needs to learn how to monetize it. That's where I come in. I'm an impatient person by nature, so I'd be lying if I said he figures things out at a seemingly slower pace. He's no fool, but I think his social anxiety has been a major hindrance. He's improving though. It's like once he does it and feels his way through it, his nerves no longer bother him.