We have decided to launch a new intimate style of interview into TheAppWhisperer – the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website. We feel it is important that our community feel close to each other, as it is this support that helps us to nurture one another, gain confidence and continue to grow.
This is our thirteenth interview, to read the others, please go here. Today, we are publishing this exuberant, intelligent and irresistible interview with talented mobile artist Amy Ecenbarger from Indiana, United States. Enjoy.
All images ©Amy Ecenbarger
What was your childhood or earliest ambition?
I loved learning new languages, and hoped to someday be an interpreter at the U.N. It all sounded so exciting and glamorous.
While in college, I did some translating work for a professor who was writing a chapter in a textbook. I was surprised and honoured when she recognized me in the forward to her chapter.
I worked many odd jobs while in college, but my first job once I graduated was as a document manager for an international shipping company. Looking back, it now sounds kind of dry, but at the time I remember loving it.
Private or state school?
I attended public schools.
University or Work?
Who was or still is your mentor?
I’ve had many, but my earliest mentor was a neighbour- she was several years older than me, but she kind of took me under her wing. From her I learned about women’s rights, racial discrimination, creative freedom, music and so much more. Happily, I’ve been able to reconnect with her through Facebook.
How physically fit are you?
I was never an athlete… but as I’ve gotten older I realize how important it is to remain active. I’m still not an athlete, but I do exercise each week. Not a fanatic by any means, but I focus on strength and flexibility. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue gardening and traveling well into my older years.
Ambition or Talent: What matters more to success?
For me, they go hand in hand. When I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll tend to work and focus more- which usually results in uncovering creative ideas and talents that might have otherwise remained hidden. I also believe that talents can be transferred from one endeavour to another. Math can transfer to music, which can transfer to art.
How politically committed are you?
I admit I’m a newly minted political junkie- ever since our U.S. presidential election of 2016.
What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?
I can’t think of anything- truly.
What’s your biggest extravagance?
Travel and Chanel No. 5.
In what place are you happiest?
Two places- embarking on a new travel adventure and returning home.
What ambitions do you still have?
There are still many places I’d like to see and experience. India, Vietnam, Scotland, Slovenia to name a few.
What drives you on?
I want to stay healthy and relevant. I want to always be learning new things.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
No question- my children are my greatest source of pride.
What do you find most irritating in other people?
If your 20 year old self could see you now, what would she think?
She’d be thrilled.
Which object that you’ve lost do you wish you still had?
I wish I still had all of my old record albums.
What is the greatest challenge of our time?
We’ve become so divided- it’s sad and troublesome. If we were not so divided and angry with each other, we could at least have discussions about solving some of our most pressing issues. Climate change, racial division, poverty and hunger will require global cooperation… but the appetite for that is in very short supply today.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
Yes I do- I can’t see it or feel it, but I know it’s there.
If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?
I‘m happy and healthy… my children are fine and they have beautiful families of their own, I live in a place that brings me great peace… I really couldn’t ask for more.
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