Before landing my first paid photography job and before going to graduate school, I went to the Missouri Workshop and found my people. For the first time what I wanted to spend my life doing was clear. My hotel roommate—a staffer at the Los Angeles Times—planted the seed that it was a great paper to work at. In the years that followed, I found continual inspiration from her work; I joined the Naples Daily News, freelanced in South America, then in California, and a dream to work at the LA Times grew. In December, I joined the paper for a two-year fellowship. Feels pretty surreal in the most special way.