Daguerreotypist Samuel F.B. Morse was a professor of Painting and Sculpture at NYU who improved the electric telegraph with ‘lightning wires’ and developed Morse Code.

Professionals of Photography

Interviews with photographers and professionals in the photography industry:

Ellen Boughn, Commercial Stock Photo Licensing Expert and Photographic Licensing & Copyright Appraiser

Mike Davis, Picture Editor

Jeff Gatesman, Cinematographer & Photographer

Karijn Kakebeeke, Photojournalist

Robbie McClaran, Editorial Photographer


A New Direction

My father always told me, ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.  

—Jim Fox


Many of us daydreamed of what we wanted to be when we grew up.  For some, the plan was fairly simple—to be an artist, a racecar driver or a basketball star.  For others, the goal was a bit more sophisticated—a scuba diving archeologist or a Hummel collector.  A few people stayed on that childhood path but many of us gravitated to more practical disciplines, whether by nature, interest or parental influence.

That said, there are many who begin one career and end up in another.  It is actually very common to make a mid-career switch, with the skills of one’s last career proving to provide interesting tools and perspective with regard to their current calling.

On The Most Talented People in the World website there are interviews with several extraordinary professionals who started out in one occupation and ended up in another.  In some cases, the impetus for change came from an unexpected opportunity, a challenge, or a newly discovered passion.   With us, our interviewees share their career story, from education and work experience to the changes they are seeing in their industry as well as the advice they have to offer to those who are interested in working in their field.


Ellen Boughn—Zoologist who started a photo stock agency

Eric Darton—Graphic designer who became a writer and educator

Thomas Champman—Fisherman and Marine Scientist to Electrical Engineer

Helen Pilgrim—Computer programmer turned accountant

Joseph Deiss—Photographer and teacher who became a mechanical engineer

Sallie Tisdale—Nurse and writer


Professional Women

Extraordinary Women

My one writing teacher (who remains a friend today) simply told me to get out of Dodge. “You’re a writer, what are you waiting for?” But it took several more years before I was willing to start failing.  —Sallie Tisdale

More women than men were awarded PhDs in 2009.  Women’s entrepreneurship is credited for helping dramatically reduce poverty, promote gender equality and give them the means to improve the health of their families and finance the education of their children.

On this website we have interviews with several extraordinary women—with more to come!—who have taken a variety of paths to build impressive careers.   Each of these professionals has opened up about their education, work experience and the changes they are seeing in their industry.  In addition, these women share with us the advice they have to offer to those who want to work in their field.

Writer Sallie Tisdale

Fit Engineer Cindy F.

Accountant Helen Pilgrim, EA, LTC

Accounting Executive Joanne M. Riddle


The Washington Post piece Women Outpace Men in Earning PhDs.

Several studies are available about the benefits of entrepreneurial women & educating girls:
From Entrepreneurship to Education: How Empowering Women Can Help Their Children Learn (International Labor Organization)

The Power of Educating Girls (Huffington Post piece, posted on the McArthur Foundation website)


An Array of Engineers

Engineering pervades everything… It’s how to take very complex systems and break them down into nice, tight, abstract parts. —Eric Grimson, Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering, Chancellor, M.I.T.

Whether applied to aeronautics, electricity or urban planning, “engineering” is simply defined as a branch of science and technology that is applied to design and building through the use engines, machines &/or structures.

On this website we have interviews with 3 engineers: A Project Manager & Business Developer of Electrical Power Plants, a Designer & Developer of Electrical & Petroleum Control Systems and a Senior Mechanical Designer who worked for a company that designs & builds highly specialized buildings for medical research and technology development.  Each of these professionals has opened up about their education, work experience and the changes they are seeing in their industry.  In addition, they share with us the advice they would give to young people who want to become an engineer or work in the power industry.


Filmmaking & Photography

“Haskel Wexler taught me the dichotomy of working as a cinematographer when he said, “Some days you make art, and some days you make a paycheck.” —Jeff Gatesman

Filmmaking and photography are both relatively young art forms and both industries have changed significantly over the last century.  The “Digital Revolution” is probably the most dramatic evolutionary step and one that has not only affected the technology used but also the varying degrees that artists can make a living from their work.  In short, as the high quality equipment becomes more accessible to more people, the greater the competition.

In our archive we have interviews with a film director & screenwriter, a cinematographer and a photographer.  Each of these professionals has opened up about their education, work experience and the changes they are seeing in their industry.  In addition, they share with us the advice they would give to young people who ultimately want to work in the film industry or become a photographer.


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