On any given week, I normally have a bunch of things lined up that, while keeping me busy, leave me plenty of time to plan new projects and spend some time with friends and family. This week has been a bit different, for better or worse. Tuesday night I was scheduled to photograph Pentatonix, Us the Duo, and AJ in Kansas City as part of their world tour. As time drew closer to the event, I debated on whether or not to take an Uber due to the heavier amounts of construction near the Sprint Center arena right now. I ran out of time to wait, so I drove myself.
As I was exiting off of the highway and approaching the intersection near the arena, someone blew through a red light causing me to collide with their vehicle. Now all I really remember was a lot of cussing and anger for the first 2 minutes while still inside my vehicle after the crash. We eventually exchanged information as I called the police. My car was not drivable.
Now keep in mind, I am literally looking at the back of the venue I am supposed to be at in 20 minutes for an interview with AJ. I was told to go get checked out numerous times, and in hindsight I probably should have, but I wasn't going to bail on a show I committed to shooting.
After the tow truck arrived (the police refused to come to the scene since there were no immediate physical injuries), I told them where I'd prefer it taken and hitched a quick ride with all of my camera gear (in tact) to the venue.
Within about 90 or so minutes, the rush of adrenaline I was feeling from the accident began to wear off and I started really feeling the aftermath of that crash. My head was sore and spinning, my back and neck left me in discomfort, and my right shoulder had a fiery pain shooting throughout. I took a mild pain reliever and drank some water, and just rested trying to make it through all of this.
Finally it was show time, and it was such a fantastic performance to have fought so hard to photograph. Some of my photos have already been published on Billboard, Just Jared Jr, and Rockroll Magazine. Don't miss this Pentatonix world tour if you can make it out and want an awesome show to watch.
So after I somehow found my way home via Uber late at night, I stayed up to edit the photos and attempt to not end up in a coma due to the concussion. I got those out and then we figured it was an alright time to get some rest. The next day, I went and got my rental car, checked with the body shop on my car's estimate and time frame for repairs, and spent the whole day either on the phone with different insurance claims specialists or with my bandmates working on a very big announcement coming this Spring. It was a day I didn't really get to do much on other than busy work that needed to still be done, injured or not.
Thursday comes around, and I find out that Billboard and Just Jared Jr. licensed my hard-earned photos of Pentatonix, and I also was offered a 3 year license agreement with a new start-up music app company, to license my photos! All of this happening in one week just in the photography portion of my life (there's just as much happening in the band realm of my life that I'm not even legally to talk about yet) is insane and almost impossible to process.