Bernadette Giacomazzo: Who Am I?
My name is Bernadette Giacomazzo.
I, however, prefer just Bernadette. (Not Bernie, Bern, Dette, or any abbreviation thereof…just Bernadette.)
Over the past 20 years, I’ve seen a lot, I’ve worked with a lot, and I’ve accomplished a lot.
Since it’s really difficult to condense 20 years of accomplishments into a few short sentences, I created a page that covers pretty much everything, which you can see here.
And while that’s all good and fine…and certainly, nothing to sneeze at…I realized that I wanted a life that was more fulfilling than the one I was leading, and have been leading, for nearly two decades.
So, I decided to shift my focus.
Bernadette Giacomazzo: The Next Chapter
I’m still going to be writing for different outlets…but instead of flogging the latest “superstar” (oh, how many have I seen come and go in 20 years…), I’ll be writing about people, places, and things that I want to write about.
I’m still going to be taking pictures for different wires…but instead of trying to get that elusive “shot” for whatever gossip rag needs a picture to match their latest PR planted story line, I’ll be shooting the subjects I want to shoot, based on my appreciation of their work and on the love of the art of photography.
And finally, I’ll still be writing books…you already know about Swimming with Sharks, but there’s a new series I’m working on that I’m most excited about. And unlike my previous efforts, which were in the non-fiction realm, this series will be fiction…science fiction/fantasy, to be precise.
Bernadette Giacomazzo: A Final Word
So, I haven’t left the business, nor have I been unceremoniously “pushed out.” (If I had a dollar for every time, over the course of 20 years, some wannabe, has-been, or never-was made the claim that “they pushed me out of the business,” I would be retired by now. Do you honestly think I give a damn what a nobody hoodrat has to say?)
I simply refuse to give my time, energy, and connections to people who are not now, and never will be, worth it.
In twenty years, one thing has remained universal: I’ve remained, and risen higher, every single time. I’ve remained and thrived while others have fallen by the wayside.
And that sent the message to me: help yourself. Do for yourself. Be about yourself. And if others gossip about you for it, or hate you for it, keep doing it — because you’re doing it right.
Arguably, this is a more selfish tack to take.
However, you can’t help others unless you help yourself first.
But most important of all: I want to do something for my nephews to be proud of. And as the oldest one recently told me: they’re proudest of me when I’m my authentic self.
So here I am.