Interview: Eric Foley

Eric Foley is teaching a workshop called Making the Jump: Going Full Time at Inspire Boston 2011. Eric's presentation is a realistic approach to leaving your day job and making the jump into a full time photography career. Website: Eric Foley Photography / Twitter: @ericfoley

What do you love most about your job? After working for the last 20 years in corporate and Government job settings, the one thing I never had was control. My jobs as a Photographer and business owner have allowed me the opportunity to regain my life and give me that control. In a nutshell, the quality of life for my family has dramatically increased since going full time. Thatʼs what I love most.

Where do you find inspiration? Okay, we are going to get really sappy here and some of you might even throw up so go grab a plastic bag, Iʼll wait. Okay, now that your back, to answer this question honestly, my inspiration comes from my wife Erin and waking up every morning and looking at my kids faces as they jump all over me and tell me how much they love me. I feel so much responsibility for their lives and well-being that I turn it into a inspirational force to succeed and prosper in our lives and business.

Is there a defining moment in your growth as an artist? Plain and simple, my defining moment was the day I trusted myself to be myself and know that everything would be okay. I believe it is a tough road to travel but once you get there everything just falls into place.

Aside from photography, do you have other creative outlets? Yes, I am a musician as well as a former Chef! I love playing the guitar and drums and I LOVE good food. If I was not a photographer, I would either be touring with Phil Lesh, Neil Young and Green day or starring in my own Food Network show.

If you could go on a trip where would that be and what would you hope to do there? I would love to tour the old country of Europe and besides photographing everything on the way, eat. I love authentic old world cuisine. It really brings you back to the root of the culture. Of course I would probably need a serious work out program when I got back.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was hell bent on either a Jet Fighter Pilot or Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Immortality, hands down. I would love to see what the world has in store. I just donʼt think 80 years or so is enough.

What advice do you wish you had received (or followed) when you were starting your business? Take as many business & marketing classes as you can because when itʼs all said and done, photography is only a small part of your business.

If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you? The movie would be about the journey in to my hippocampus
(memory bank) and of course Johnny Depp would have to play the lead role. It would be a wild ride only to be shown in IMAX 3D to obtain the full experience.

If you had to describe yourself using three words, they would be... Sarcastic, emotional and Ridiculous (at least thatʼs what my wife says)

Last song you listened to? We only come out at night – Smashing Pumpkins