One day when I was 13 and still going to school in Switzerland, we were given this homework assignment to write about how we saw our future and what we wanted to be. I was excited about it – and believe me, that didn't happen very often at school!
The next day, I proudly stood at the front of the classroom, presenting my story about wanting to be a photographer when I leave school to my classmates and teacher. My teacher took me aside afterwards and said, “It’s great that you are enthusiastic about your hobby, Romina, but you should really think about a decent profession!”
Thirteen years later, when I was at the supermarket, I bumped into the same teacher again. He asked me how things were going and mentioned he had heard me being interviewed on the radio about sports photography.
It was with great delight that I gave him my business card, which read "Romina Amato Photography", and told him how I was having an absolute blast traveling around, photographing cool stuff and amazing people in fantastic locations and even making a living from it – just like a "decent profession"!