Reality Tell Your Vision is a project by Leo Ayrault, a Journalist from Detroit MI.
Check out this exerpt from his story found on his website.
"My name is Leo Ayrault and I am a Japanese-American college student at Wayne State University. I am studying my passion in Broadcast & Journalism, and am currently interning for the Detroit Lions.
My college career started similar to a lot of people. I did not know what I wanted to do with my life and was miserable going to school. I hated the concept of spending thousands of dollars for classes that were teaching me things I don't see myself enjoy doing. The lack of inspiration got so bad, I was warned by my school for academic probation.
Around this time, my Grandfather who I loved dearly, was notified with cancer. I was going back and forth to the hospital, my job, and school. Even someone who I deemed so strong did not win his battle against cancer. I witnessed this mans' very last heartbeat with my own eyes. It gave me the epiphany that, "life is too short, never take it for granted, and do what you enjoy."
At his funeral, I had another epiphany. There were so many people in all ages and ethnicities who showed up to celebrate my grandpa's life. So many came up to me and said, "Leo, your grandfather was a great man," "He made a positive impact on my life." From that day on, it became my biggest life goal to positively impact as many people as I can altruistically.
My grandfather had an innate ability to talk to anybody, anywhere and make them feel important and good about themselves. He was genuine as it was. I feel, he has given me that personality trait and it is my destiny to honor his legacy. The best vehicle I could think of was Broadcast & Journalism.
Interviewing people and acknowledging them for who they are and what they bring to the table has always been my passion. Ever since I changed my major in school, I have been a 4.0 student.
My greatest memories I have with my grandfather is watching the Detroit Lions play on Sundays. Soon after deciding to continue my grandfather's legacy and pursue my career in broadcasting, I attained an internship position for the Broadcast department for the NFL (Detroit Lions).
With the knowledge I gained from all of my teachers in life, I am confident to pursue my ultimate goal.
Reality Tell Your Vision is a platform where I can continue my grandpa's legacy. Our goal is to positively impact as many people as we can by bringing on positive people and messages.
We provide a platform to those who deserve recognition, with one digital content at a time.
Creators, we hate being "paid in promotion". We should never accept being paid in promotion... unless there's some serious promotion involved or the end product could add a lot of value to your portfolio. If a huge client, like a Mark Cuban or Elon Musk, needed some new designs and marketing materials then I, as a graphic and web designer, would want to hop on that opportunity. Not only do I know my designs would make it into important hands and be displayed for millions to see, but these works would also increase the value of my portfolio. I sure hope someone with the success of these example clients would offer to pay for their needed services, but if this were the case I wouldn't be working for promotion, I'd be investing my time and abilities for a potentially huge pay off. Sure, they could end up hating my designs and using some from elsewhere, but what investment doesn't come with risks? At least I'd still have the experience that I could use later.
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If you're good, you could get all of this in a single conversation. If you go about this the correct way, you will have everything you need to know weather or not you want to buy into this new idea with your precious talents. Worst case scenario, you could end up with a new connection that could potentially open doors for you in the future.
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So now that you have an idea about how you could invest your talents and abilities, you should work
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