All work, no play

All work, no play
Up-and-coming photographer Jerome Love is a true go-getter.
Jamie Santiago | Guest Writer |
December 8th, 2010

Freelance photographer and City College student Jerome Love works at Sacramento News & Review, specializing in portraiture and shooting music bands. Photo by || Kimberly Washington ||

Most 20 year olds mainly worry about the midterm they’re having next week or what their plans are for the weekend.

Most 20 year olds don’t have to worry about working a full-time job, establishing a career as a photographer or completing homework for six classes.

Describing Jerome Love as an overachiever would be an understatement. Love goes to school full time, and then some, works the graveyard shift full time at a halfway house for adults with mental illnesses, and is a full-time photographer who has big plans for his future.

“I sleep like four to five hours a day,” Love says. “I try to work around my schedule as best as possible.”

In the past, Love has shot for local bands, traveled and taken pictures at the Vans Warped Tour, a music and extreme
sports festival that travels nationwide, and spent three months in Africa working as a photojournalist for a non-profit organization.

Anthony Calisterio, Love’s good friend of five years, thinks Love has done a lot more than any other 20 year old.  “He’s always been on top of everything,” Calisterio says. “He doesn’t do something unless he does it all the way. ”

Love’s track record speaks to this.

Currently he is shooting for the Sacramento News & Review and for Toro, a local company that sells quality biking goods.

“I’ll see whatever comes my way and try to get it done,” Love says. “I probably get around two to three jobs a month.”

Love says he enjoyed his experience as a long-term photojournalist in Africa but prefers a more personable
approach to photography.

“Whether it’s this gnarly brain surgeon and he’s just crazy about brains…or the next up-and-coming band, or if it’s just this incredible humanitarian who’s saved millions of lives through simple water relief, or if it’s just a kid in the neighborhood who started a community center,” Love says, “those are the stories I want to tell visually.”

As Love talks about his aspirations for photography, one can see past this busy, hard-working 20 year old. He seems to have a lot more wisdom, humility, and earnestness than the average young adult.

Love’s City College ethics professor, Elizabeth Forrester, calls Love a commendable person and notices how conscientious and thoughtful he is in class.

“He seems to be in school to expand his knowledge and become a truly educated person—not just to get a job or bide time,” Forrester says.

Love has his week strategically planned out. A typical day is scheduled something like this: Start work at 11:30 p.m., squeeze in some homework for a communications class, get home at 8 a.m., sleep for five hours, go to class until 3 p.m., take a break, run errands, or work on photography, and go to class again until the evening.

Even though Love says he can get stressed out with so much on his plate, he is philosophical about his life.

“I think it’s important to build on your strengths,” Love says. “I think we spend so much time looking at our weaknesses and beating ourselves up for what we can’t do well. But why not highlight what you can do well and build on that?”

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