A letter to Taylor Swift

Who am I?

My name is Becky (not to be confused with the Becky who snorted marijuana at a party and tragically died) and I graduated from James Madison University in May 2014 with a degree in Media Arts & Design and a minor in Music Industry.Some people tell me that I dream too big, but I believe that anything is possible if you are dedicated and work hard enough. Aspiring to achieve such big dreams is what motivates me to get out of bed and try my hardest each day. Currently I am pursuing a photography career in the music industry, and my career goal is to work with you one day.

Taylor, you once said in an interview that you’re "drawn to people with impossible dreams". You even sing about it in Starlight: “Don’t you dream impossible things?” I love the idea of making the seemingly impossible, possible. My “impossible dream” is to go out on tour with you as a photographer, capturing all of the magic that happens onstage, backstage, and around the venue. Even though when I tell people that they look at me like I’m crazy, I love having a dream as big as this. Aspiring to achieve something so out of reach pushes me to work my hardest in everything I do. I’m determined to do everything I can to make this dream of mine a reality.

Why I want to work with you:

Taylor, thank you for inspiring me to pursue this dream. You wouldn’t be where you are today without hard work, dedication, and of course, your talent. Your work ethic inspires me, as well as your stage presence. I’ve been to a lot of concerts in my life, but I’ve never seen someone put on a show quite like you do. There’s something about your concerts that I can’t describe; it’s like magic. You put your heart and soul into every show and you go the extra mile to connect with the audience. You captivate the entire room whether it’s filled with 65 people or 65,000 people. The theatrics and level of production is insane - going to one of your concerts is more like attending a Broadway show. You bring your songs to life on stage in a way I’ve never seen any other performer do. Being able to capture all of that and share it with the world would be everything I’ve ever hoped for.

Similar to how you tell stories with your songs, I always strive to tell a story with my photographs. I’ve always been fascinated by how much emotion someone can convey through their facial expression and body language, especially when they’re performing. Often those facial expressions only last for a split second, and I love the challenge of capturing them. Spit flying, veins popping out, faces scrunched up while hitting a high note - all of those show how much passion the performer has for what they’re doing. And Taylor, you have what I like to call “the look.” Every so often, in between the lines of a song or speech, you give the audience “the look”: the raise of an eyebrow, widening of the eyes, a nod of the head, and every person in that arena can tell what you’re feeling. You are the master of facial expressions. You convey so much with so little, and I’m fascinated by it.

My Mission:

I’ve been “campaigning” for this to happen since the beginning of 2012 (the end of the Speak Now era). It’s now October 2014 and 1989 is here (!!!!!!!!!!). I don’t know if you remember, but at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival I gave you my photography portfolio at the pre-show meet & greet. Which is something I cringe a little bit thinking about now; on one hand I’m like, “yay me for being brave and putting myself and my work out there for you to see!” But on the other hand I’m like, “wow, I was still in school and my music photography has improved by leaps and bounds since then.” That was also the night you said me and my twin sister were “so cute” and said our dresses were adorable and I can’t even begin to explain how much that means to me.

Now that I’m done reminiscing, I’m just gonna come out and say it: I would be incredibly thrilled and eternally grateful if I could join you during the 1989 tour, even if just for a few shows. Yes, I’m a young and somewhat new photographer compared to others in this industry. And yes, I still have so much to learn. I’m not going to deny that. But isn’t there always something new even the most experienced photographers can learn? I’m constantly watching photography tutorials and trying out new techniques. I try and shoot every concert I attend; to date, that’s over 90 shows! I learn best through experience, and I feel so grateful that I can consider going to a concert, experiencing the music, and capturing the memories “work.”

Finally, consider this: I’ve been a fan of yours for over seven years. And while at first glance it may seem like hiring a fan might not be the best idea, I’m professional and extremely passionate about what I do and really, I think it makes so much sense. I’ve seen you in concert ten times; I know how you perform and I know what the atmosphere of your concerts is like from a fan’s perspective. And most importantly, I think we would work so well together. I like to joke to my friends that we’re long lost BFFs, because it seems like we share the same brain. If I were a musician I would want a photographer who relates to me, understands my music, and understands my fan base; I hope you want the same.

In conclusion...

I’ve known for a while now that I want a career in music photography, and there is no doubt in my mind that working with you would be the highlight of my career, no matter if it happens 5 months from now or 5 years from now. I created this website as a way to show my appreciation for everything you do and to show you how much you’ve inspired me in my photography. I hope you enjoy looking at my photographs as much as I have enjoyed watching you perform. Taylor, you really are an inspiration to me, and I would love to work with you one day. Thank you for everything.

I know how busy you must be, so thank you so much for your time. I also know you must get hundreds of propostitions like this a week; I hope my story and my passion stand out to you. No matter the outcome, I promise that I will always be there for you as a fan, a listener, and a supporter. You have been a constant in my life for the past seven years; I can’t wait to see what the next seven bring.

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