Bun and Coffee

Seven years ago this was pretty much my lunch every other day. $2 for a cup of coffee and a bun down in Chinatown. Getting laid off a few weeks after Ethan was born was tough. Getting back into the photography work world, considering all my experience, wasn’t easy. I worked helping my old friend and roommate Randy as a handyman. Occaisionally shooting a freelance photo assignment. One day I received an email from a long ago coworker if I would interested in freelance work at a photo agency. Of course I said yes. Two days there and three days or so working with my friend. Things were interesting. I eventually tore my right rotor cuff. That put an end to being a handyman. Luckily I was offered full time freelance by the agency just after my injury. Three years later I was offered full time employment and am still there.

It’s been a long 8 year struggle in the work world. I still haven’t returned to the income level I was at before getting laid off. I doubt I ever will reach it again before retirement. Whenever that will be. I am very lucky to have Nicole by my side. It hasn’t been easy. Watching our son grow has been our greatest joy

Published by Keith Goldstein

Photographer, husband, dad, and passionate cyclist. Lives and works in New York City.

2 thoughts on “Bun and Coffee

  1. I’m scared to retire, Keith, because of the money. Or what I perceive as a lack thereof. Having people to care about you and love you is the best feeling in the world. That’s what makes us rich.

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