“Stick around this industry and you’ll quickly learn… It’s all about the pictures,” he winked at me while I held the fire safety blanket. I blinked, absorbing his words and feeling grateful that he was telling me trade secrets during my first day on the job with him. As I turned my gaze toward the event photographer, who was now kneeling to get the perfect angle, my circus performance mentor threw his flaming baton into the air and caught it with a flick of his wrist. I was there to assist him, but I knew I would be helped more by his presence than he would be by mine. “Steady my heart,” I thought to myself, “I’ll get where I’m going in good time.”

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