I Think I'm Related to Kevin Hart

Have you seen that episode of The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart go on a newly unveiled roller coaster?  If you haven’t seen it, please take a minute here  because 60M people can't be wrong.  Let’s think about why OUR heart beats faster, OUR brains are flooded with endorphins and OUR mouths broaden with a smile like we’re about to go rocketing down that same first plunge.  We’ve already experienced what they’re experiencing: equal parts terror and excitement.

This is precisely what I felt when after a series of events, it was necessary to retain a professional photographer for my website.  She was procured to take beautiful pictures of all of my jewelry, so how hard could it be? 

It was my first true shoot so I was equal parts ecstatic and horrified.  I had no idea how I was going to approach it but I enlisted the help of the wonderfully talented Sarah Marie.  Not only did she have to shoot every. single. piece.  But we collaborated on a lifestyle photo shoot complete with a vibe.  What’s the vibe of Bent Fine Jewelry, you ask?  See for yourself and linger a while.  I cannot accurately convey to you how distressing this task was for me.  Parting with the funds was easy (que husband’s snarky comment).  The hard part was curating my concepts, meticulously identifying the image aka branding and allowing my photographer to run with it. 

The day of the photo shoot I was feeling exceptionally ill-prepared, since again, it was my first time.  It helped to have two of my greatest friends there to model.  I mean, how lucky am I to have met two women as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside?  I would say ‘I can’t even’ but I think that's 2015, right?  These unfortunate girls were recruited to take precious hours out of their day to support my crazy entrepreneurial notions.  We had a fabulous time together and it didn’t even involve a bottle of wine, which is pretty impressive.  Once I got all of the pictures back I was even more blown away.  It was all I had hoped for and more…astonishing scenery at Red Rocks Amphitheater, striking Colorado colors and dazzling BFJ jewels on stunning girls.  I CAN’T EVEN!

Sure, I was excited, but why was I terrified at the same time?  I asked this of myself as I was headed home that day.  I felt as if I didn’t have a choice but to hire a professional and it pushed me out of my comfort zone.  That’s why I was scared!  It was my first time (I mentioned that earlier, right?) so I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t know what I was doing but I did it anyway.  Lesson learned.

Leading up to the roller coaster ride, Jimmy Fallon has to persuade Kevin Hart to come along.  Kevin is petrified, understandably so.  There’s no doubt my ‘modelicious’ friends were the Jimmy to my Kevin on the day of the photoshoot.  Indeed, I should mention my husband, my family and the countless supportive friends that have cheered me on throughout my life.  Fear of failure is one of my many Achilles heels.  I don’t want to mess up but I’m getting to the point in which I don’t care if I mess up.  More importantly, I don’t care who sees me mess up. 

None of us really have it all together, so what are we afraid of?  Judgement?  Ridicule?  Aren’t we past all of that?  Can we all strive daily to be the Jimmy to our friends, family and coworkers when they’re embarking on scary stuff?  Hell, can we be our own Jimmy when the inner Kevin is about to curl up in the fetal position?  Maybe our only real job is to be securely fastened to our seats by compassionate, loyal friends and ride the ultimate roller coaster…life.  We’ll all have more fun that way and as a bonus, live an exciting life filled with experiences beyond our wildest imaginations. 

Even if we get a bug in our face from time to time it’ll be worth it, don’t you think?


  • Megan

    Beautiful, inspirational message. And you know I would do anything for you. Xoxo Megan

  • Jonathan Ramsey

    Lovely message. Lovely photographic concepts. Lovely work. And lovely people. That is a great shoot, Liz!

  • Teri Foltz

    I had never seen the roller coaster video…what a hoot. You made a good point in discussing fear. And you’re a really good writer!! Life happens just outside your comfort zone!

  • Sarah Marie

    So beautiful! Congrats on stepping outside your comfort zone!! Honored and excited to be a part of it!

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