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Aftermath of the MFA

 

diBenedetto_MFA_2015_42Not to sure how or where to start…. I finished my MFA in August and a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Literally and figuratively. All I wanted was a break from school and I felt the day would never come. But now it has… and now I am like “well what do I do now.” I think the hardest part of graduating with a terminal degree is that school is officially over. Done. Fin!…..Right… I could start my PhD in Visual Art, but is that what I really want right now. Not a 100% sure. The thought has crossed my mind over and over again, but for now, I think it’s best to just continue to the practice. Which right now, for me is the hardest part… finding the time to create again. At least when I was in graduate school, I was pushed to make art all the time, be in the studio all the time and create create create.

Now that I have completed my program, I find it more difficult to make time… mainly because there simply are not enough hours in the day. Now with new job opportunities flourishing and doors are opening, (WHICH IS GREAT!!!!- WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN THEIR WOULD BE 4 JOBS OPEN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!!)

BUT applying to exhibitions and applying for grants…. is like…. applying grad school every week… like every week… LITERALLY! I FEEL LIKE I AM APPLYING TO SCHOOL AGAIN ALL THE TIME. But just like one of my favorite art videos on Ted talk… Just do it. So how does one find time to create, research and write and then create more. Well here goes…..

I am learning that the push comes from within. It is now more than ever, more important to push myself. Nobody is here to check in on me. I am also learning maintaining the relationships I made in school are more important, more than ever right now at this moment. I valued my cohorts voices and opinions when it came to my work. So keeping that connection is very important right now. I also find it’s important to continuing reading and keeping up to date with whats going on in the contemporary art world. Joining mail list, artist talks, and even seeing more and more exhibitions has become so much more important than when I was in graduate school. More important… taking the time to rest. There is no need for those sleepless nights and endless writing and reading sessions. Of course I try not to procrastinate, but I work two adjunct positions full time and have my daughter, I can’t help but wait to the last minute at times. I have realized that I just need to be okay with that. And I am okay. I also realize, that it’s not worth the last minute push if I can’t sleep and get my mind right. I also find it very important to keep believing that my work is amazing because I am amazing. Confidence. That confidence I built in critiques and during my thesis…. that confidence that my daughter looks up too. Confidence. I didn’t just get a degree, I got a terminal degree. So I am going to keep moving forward… like always.

 

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At diBenedetto Photography, Nancy's extensive artistic experience allows her to bring together imagination, creativity and insight in such a way that creates compelling photography. The San Diego Photographers goal is to capture each unique event like no other photographer.

Whether the occasion is a glorious wedding, family portraits, a new born infant, or boudoir Nancy promises to bring your vision to life by creating an unforgettable event with the utmost attention to detail and professionalism, as one of the best San Diego Photographers.

"Show me what you strive to create and I will bring your vision to life." - Nancy C. diBenedetto

Nancy C. diBenedetto is the Principal Owner at diBenedetto Photography based out of San diego. As a 10 year veteran in the photography industry, Nancy captures her clients most important memories with a natural, documentary style all her own.

Her experience comes from military as a San Diego Navy combat digital photographer as well as working in the hospitality industry. She received her BA in Visual and Performing Arts from CSUSM and is pursuing an MFA at SDSU, in San Diego, California.

As a gifted photographer she can visually conceptualize an event. She is dedicated to helping others by capturing special memories during the most important moments of their lives.

diBenedetto Photography was born while Nancy was living in New Orleans and extended her photography skills to San Diego. Her love for the south helped develop her artistic sensibilities. Bringing a sense of southern hospitality to her work, Nancy's style is deeply personal and working with her is extremely comfortable.

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