Doing What I Love: Joe Warren '20
In the past six months, I’ve had ups and downs. Some great moments and some bad moments, but all doing what I love. Throughout much of my high school career, concerts were my thing. In 18 years I’ve seen 40+ artists live at nearly 30 concerts(most of these in the last 4 years). A dream of mine growing up and attending concerts was that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately I was not gifted enough to be an artist, so I began looking at other ways I could contribute to live music. In my senior year, however, I took Intro to Photography. One of our assignments in the class was to attempt to take photos of something we loved, for me, this was live music.
I knew this was gonna be hard since I had limited knowledge of how to even work a professional camera, but I still wanted to try.
I reached out to the Slowdown, a local concert venue/bar, with little luck. They told me for professional cameras, I had to reach out to the band/artist directly and get an okay from them. Luckily I already was planning on attending a concert there, in September, this concert was The Band Camino. T his concert is what started it all. Luckily I was able to get in contact with the band’s manager via a twitter dm, and as the common phrase goes, the rest is history. This first concert was beyond my wildest dreams and was everything I wanted it to be. Since then I’ve been able to take photos at several other concerts: JPEGMAFIA & Butch Dawson, Dream Regime, Slaughter Beach Dog & WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS, and FLOR. I also have many more lined up this spring and summer. Though this has been a very positive experience that doesn’t mean it’s been all smooth sailing.
Throughout these concerts balancing the stress of school, college, work, and numerous other things have truly made it quite hard. Besides the stress, the many NO’s I have received along the way, also has made it hard. This past February, I was shooting quite big and quite far, but I attempted to take photos at Post Malone’s Runaway Tour, here in Omaha at the CHI Health Center. This process was long and frustrating. Small venue shows are one thing but the arena shows are another. It also didn’t help that Post Malone is a Grammy-winning, artist, with many radio hits, and millions of followers. Though I was unsuccessful, the many people I met and the opportunities are given to me through this process were incredible.
In the end, this has been the most rewarding and coolest thing I’ve probably ever done. I didn’t write this to hype myself up or anything like that; I wrote it to inspire those around me. To do what you want no matter what people say or what may stop you. Use the resources available to you, and DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
-Joe Warren '20