In addition to our Tina tips we want to use our blog to introduce you to some amazing people. These interviews are going to be a lot of fun. You know that excited feeling you get when you meet someone new and discover random details about who they are, what they do, and what they love? You can get that same feeling reading about someone new. I love the feeling because it inspires me to be and do more. Awesome people are usually surrounded by a tribe of other awesome people…so yes, I want to know them too!
Welcome Jimmy Fu! Jimmy is a professional Photographer.
Jimmy’s Instagram –
Who is your ideal client Jimmy?
Small businesses looking to get professional-level images for marketing, their website, or social media.
What is your purpose/what do you stand for/what is your passion?
My blood runs photography…
Where were you born?
Taipei, Taiwan – People’s Republic of China
What were your childhood hobbies?
Drawing, reading, video gaming, pool billiards
What is the most recent audacious thing you did?
Taking on the project of decorating – with my photography – an entire nursing unit at a local hospital that will span 35 walls.
What is the most audacious thing you’ve ever done?
Retiring from a lucrative career of medical device sales of 25 years, to focus on the second chapter of my life.
Jimmy, how and why do you invest in your health?
I see Dr. Tina every 10 days, and my physical therapist monthly, to maintain my cervical health. I was diagnosed with DDD (degenerative disk disease) 5 years ago, and if I didn’t take action to change my lifestyle, I would have to undergo surgery to correct it as my cervical disks were starting to compress on each other, causing numbness and tingling on my arms and legs.
If you could tell 15-year-old you one piece of advice that you learned since then, what would it be?
Do what you love; love what you do; then everything else will fall in place.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Creation. Creating art in photography and using that medium to help people market their businesses.
What started you on what you do for a living?
In 2016, the year I retired from medical sales, I took a series of photography class from local landscape/nature photographer Dick Cronberg and fell in love with photography. I shot recreationally for a year, applying the Malcolm Gladwell principle of 10,000 (doing something 10,000 times to become proficient at that craft) – in one year, therefore drastically shortening the technical learning curve of photography, evolved myself through constant learning, started to get paid to shoot the end of that year, and formally started my photography business on 1/1/2017. And today – in the 48th month of running Jimmy Fu-tography, 450+ photo shoots, 130+ clients, and 180+ #NoBareWalls later, my business is thriving and continuing to grow and evolve into a work of passion.
I always say that I help amazing and wonderful people get well and stay well so that they can focus on what they love and make their impact on the world. So Jimmy, what impact do you hope to make on the world?
I hope that when I’m done with my time, my legacy would have left a lasting signature of my art in Temecula Valley and beyond, one that promotes this beautiful Southwest corner of Riverside County and brings in tourists and impacts positively on our way of life here. Also making a contribution to the marketing of many of the small businesses in this city, and playing a small part in enhancing our economy.
How has upper cervical chiropractic care helped you/allowed you to be your best you and make more of an impact?
We tend to take for granted our health when we are young, especially something as important as our spine. Having good cervical health means I get to continue to do what I love and make an impact on many of the local businesses.
You’ve been a patient for 5 years. How does preventative upper cervical chiropractic care effect you?
In all facets of my life – the way I conduct my business and shoot/edit, the way I’m always mindful of the ergonomics of work, my sleep posture, my eating posture, the way I max out on the features of my car seat, so I’m properly adjusted, even the way I text. It’s a comprehensive lifestyle change that helps me maintain balance in life.
How do you push past self-doubt and fear of failure?
To borrow the lyrics of one of my favorite Christian songs “Fear is a Liar” by Zack Williams, “cast your fear in the fire, ‘cause fear, he is a liar.” I believe these words, and never photograph out of fear, or try to appease others, or worry about what others might think of my work or copy someone else’s style. I truly believe that when I mixed my natural talents with work ethic, applied my 25-years of business/sales experience, surrounded myself with a strong support system, and believe that God is always walking with me, there is nothing to fear and nothing stopping me.
If you could make one change to the world, what would it be?
Readjust the pay scale to compensate public servants to their value to our society – pay educators, firefighters and police more money, so they become more desired career choices for the next generation.
What is something everyone should know about you Jimmy?
English as my second language actually made me a little bit of an introvert – shyer and more reserved by nature, despite my career choices of being a sales person and an entrepreneur.
All the books by Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn
Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
80s music, U2, Sting, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, Elton John, Queen, Lauren Daigle, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, One Direction, Coldplay, Gavin DeGraw, Toby Mac, Maroon 5, P!nk, Owl City, Train, K’naan, Fun., Eminem, Pink Martini, Shania Twain. Catch the drift? Very mainstream and Top 40…
Anything Asian is my comfort food. Taiwanese Chinese food any day. Korean sundubu. Japanese sushi/sashimi/ramen. Vietnamese pho or broken rice. Anything with Thai curry or Indian curry.
What is your favorite treat?
Anything with caramel.
Again, Chinese snacks found in 99 Ranch Market.
People who are upbeat/positive, generous/compassionate, down-to-earth/humble…sounds like my wife. And anyone who is passionate – they inspire/remind me of my passion!
My personal quote… Every drip counts in the bucket of life.
Favorite Non Profit(s)?
Anything else that you want to say?
Our lives in this world are short; make it count!