We had the good fortune of connecting with ERIC ITA and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi ERIC, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I’ve learned that I need to literally add things to my schedule in a “to-do” list format, sorted by time of the day. Lately there doesn’t seem to be enough of that and i’m having to lose sleep just to get to some things. I’m trying to find a life balance but I think my work has become my life in a way that makes it almost impossible to distinguish where one ends and the other begins. It did help in the past to have a physical location for work. Working from home just doesn’t work out as well.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a photographer and dog trainer. What sets me apart is that I want people to hear my voice. I don’t like simply showing before and after videos. People need to know how to be effective at home. I was a guest on Good Morning America and I thought that was certainly a highlight moment. As a photographer, I assisted others, hung around sets and watched a lot of videos. I had a lot of time to practice. I saved for whatever equipment I needed and I learned ultimately, people will accept whatever you present to them, if you simply just present it over and over again. Persistence. I want the world to know that although people can influence your opinion of yourself, it’s so easy to simply say “This is who I am” and just be that.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve always liked the board walk. It’s the most exciting place to hang out in my opinion. I don’t like waiting for food so anything fast will do. I also believe in visiting zoos and museums.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Curt Kingston is the first person I call when there’s something of relevance happening. He coached me through boiling rice and I never thought that’d be a challenge. He’s more than a friend and even though he lives in Atlanta, the bond stays strong. Thanks Curt for always being there!

Website: www.ericandcaprithepup.com

Instagram: ericfromnigeria

Youtube: youtube.com/ericita

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