Chicago

I’m sitting at the little desk in my hotel room at the ACME Hotel, a cool little boutique hotel right in the heart of downtown Chicago, and I’m reminded once again just how random and unpredictable my life is. It’s been a few years since my last trip to Chicago, and I came here with certain expectations, both personally and professionally. I’m not sure if it works like this for anyone else, but I always seem to create these elaborate schemes in my head, with very articulate detail, of how things are going to go in my life. I obsess and think about it constantly, only for it all to blow up in my face. The things that I spend so much time thinking about and planning always seem to end up happening the exact opposite way of how I planned them. And as I sit here, I realize that I’m OK with that. The best moments of my life have been those that were completely unexpected. I realize when I get out of my head and stop thinking about who I should be, I just live. Be in the moment as they say. I’m 29 and I still have to constantly remind myself of that. I think we all get in our heads too much. Just remember to go with what’s in your heart and your gut, because it’s usually right.

But Chicago is a great city. I do love coming here. The weather confuses me, but on a nice spring day, the sun’s out, the city comes alive and there’s no place quite like it. I took meetings with agencies here in Chicago. I can’t talk about it too much, but I will have some good news ahead. I also shot with an amazing photographer named Bartlomiej Kurela and a fantastic young model named Madeline Ford. I can’t wait to share the final images. But now I have to catch a flight back to LA. Cheers!

Mike