Nicole Staples

In Progress artist since 1998, practicing photographer


1. Considering all your experience with In Progress, what is one achievement that you personally are most proud of? Why is this achievement important to you? What does it represent?: not sure.... I'm not sure that I would agree with that. I am the slacker of the bunch. Getting to travel - to go and meet other photographers and getting to know them and learn from them. California trip and Chicago. Hmmm... I developed skills on how to take pictures.

2. What did it take for us at In Progress to achieve this accomplishment? What strengths do we have that helped us succeed?: Kris saw something in me that I couldn't see in myself. I had to take that first step and get out of my comfort zone - and hope that it would take me somewhere. In Progress gave me the opportunity to use the technology. We are like a family. Everyone is there for you need when you need them. If you have questions, some is there to help you understand. It's the only thing I ever got into and stayed with. Kris pushed and pulled me through. There are things that make it hard for me to do this kind of stuff - I don;t have the determination. I grew up without someone guiding me through what I needed to do - so I didn't do a whole lot. Then In progress came along and kind of picked up that role for me - telling me how to do it.

3. What do you think makes In Progress unique? What 2-3 things are at our very core that make us stand out from other arts programs or youth development programs?: It helps the youth find their way if they don't have any other way. In Progress is like a big family, It's hard to compare because In progress has been the only thing I've ever really gotten involved with. I just stayed away from other programs because I was a hell raiser. I love photography and In Progress showed up at just the right time - my mom had to make me go and I am glad she did.

4. As you think about In Progress, what do you value most? What keeps you engaged here?:The people I became friends with. The photography - In progress keeps giving me the reason to keep take pictures. Thank you!

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