Everyone has a gimmick. Well, at least that’s what I thought. My journey as a photographer began in January 2014. Immediately I thought of names for my brand. Not once did I think to simply use my birth given name. I was believed that my name was too difficult to pronounce and it wouldn’t catch on. Truthfully I was embarrassed by my name. Trey Visions was a way to be catchy and do away with birth given. Little did I know at the time I was stripping my identity away for something more acceptable.
Last year I came to terms with a long enduring battle against depression. I was tired of running from my problems. Most importantly I was tired of running from myself. For the first time in my life I felt empowered. Some days good and some aren’t, but I was happy to be alive. There were times where it became dark. Now, I look to help others who may be battling demons of some sort. I feel that my purpose is to uplift others. It was during this time I came to terms with myself.
I took a long look at myself. That included a long look at my brand and what I had accomplished throughout the years. I am immensely proud of my accomplishments, but there was something missing. I began to look at my peers and people that I admired and I noticed that they used their names. It was a part of their legacies. After a conversation with a friend I made the decision to go by my name, Keitravis. My knowledge of self means too much to sacrifice for a gimmick. It became important for my audience, clients, etc. to know who I actually am. It’s taken some adjustments, but this who I am.
In closing, be the best version of yourself. Make sure that you take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. You do matter and someone is rooting for you. Be the light.