As we open our season with the musical Little Women based on the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel, we were inspired by Jo March who followed her dreams to the career and life she wanted. So we decided to celebrate some local women who also had the courage and strength to follow their dreams.
These are determined women who mean business.
Meet Morgan Rindahl, owner of Morgan Rindahl Photography.
Morgan never planned for photography to take over her life, and she never planned that it would so greatly influence the way she looks at the world; but that’s the thing, she never really planned for anything. Morgan takes life one day at a time and lets the natural flow of things lead her to the next adventure. She is inspired by the spontaneity and uncertainty of what’s next.
Morgan began to create art as an emotional outlet. Time after time she found herself behind the lens, searching for new places, new faces, and new experiences. She continues to create art to find connections; connections between myself and the world, my lens and my mind, and every person met along the way.
How does Morgan define success: "If I can make just one person feel something with my photographs; make one person see how special and beautiful they are in that moment; I would define that as my vision of success."
[LCP]: What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace or start their own businesses?
[MORGAN]: Anything that is worth it won’t come easy. Hard work and determination is key in success and taking big risks may be necessary. The moment I committed to my dream of being a photographer was the scariest yet rewarding thing I’ve ever done!
What was your dream job as a kid and why?
I was always the wild child of my family. I never knew what I wanted to be but from a young age I did know that no one would tell me who or what I could be. My “dream job” probably changed weekly as a child. The sky was the limit! I fell in love with the thought of seeing the world, so anything involving travel was my dream.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
I believe that woman generally aren’t taken as seriously as men in a professional aspect especially when it comes to leadership. I do think this is something that women can overcome with hard work and perseverance. Be bold and strong and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something!
What woman/women inspire(s) you and why?
My mother has always been an inspiration to me. She is the most selfless and kind woman I have ever met. Her love and support has gotten me through extremely hard times and she never doubted my abilities! If I could be half the women she is then I would be doing alright.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
I fear that the generations behind me won’t have the work ethic it may take to be as successful as they want to be. The world today has so much opportunity yet it makes it so easy for people to “take the easy way out” or just do enough to get by.. We need to keep dreaming big and work hard for the things we want!