We had the good fortune of connecting with Joe Makarski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joe, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’m very fortunate when it comes to work life balance. I live full-time in a 1999 international converted school bus where I run my business from. Living and working from my bus/home allows me to travel to some of the most inspiring and beautiful places which provides incredible balance while working and living life. This balance is what fuels my motivation to achieve my aspiring goals within my photography business. What I’ve learned from this journey is that work and life need to be well balanced to create success in my business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am professional photographer and as I’ve described before, I live full-time in a 1999 converted school bus which has brought me into a lifestyle connecting me with other like minded creative people. This lifestyle has provided me with an abundant amount of opportunity to photograph, collaborate, and teach others.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s still a hustle to bring in constant work. There are times just like we all know, where dry spells can happen and be difficult to manage. However, I’m constantly surrounded with opportunities to alleviate those stressful times . It’s just that commitment to keep going that drives my passion to succeed in my photography business.
One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is to do what you love. Be happy doing what you love to do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite places is of course, Sedona. It’s unlike anywhere in the world. The Red rocks, the energy, the beauty, it’s a very special place, I suggest to everyone I meet to go there once. You won’t regret it. And while you’re in the area check out Jerome as well as Old Town Cottonwood. One of my favorite breakfast places is Crema Craft Kitchen. Super good food and great atmosphere.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is a certain someone I’ve been inspired by. Ethan Grillo, the owner of Road Dog MFG. Ethan started his dog apparel company in memory of his dog that passed away. His business is run out of his converted school bus which is a huge part of me recognizing that you can have a business while being on the road full-time. I’m thankful to watch him grow in his journey with Road Dog MFG.