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What is your most memorable failure and what did you learn from it? What do you like to do on your time off? Shoot live music (I do this on the clock too somedays). Drink coffee. Read. Watch Netflix. Talk to people, strangers sometimes. I’ve actually been trying to be more intentional about scheduling coffee sit downs with individuals around town I tend to run into at numerous events in an effort to really get to know people. So, if you have any interest, hit me up. that I needed to know how to do lots of things and not to specialize too much. I think I listened. See my job info above. Worst: Honestly, I don’t recall being given any bad advice. I’m sure if I did, I’ve forgotten it because of all the great advice I’ve been given over the years. I think that comes from always trying to surround myself with the right type of people. The biggest to date would be when my laptop, passport and hard drive (with 12 years worth of photo work on it) were stolen. Someone made the decision to take what wasn’t theirs. While that wasn’t my failure, it was mine to ever leave them in my car in the first place. It was a mistake I made. I’ve learned from that one BIG TIME. What career advice would you give your younger self? Don’t specialize too much, diversify your talents. Also, take more chances. Most of the time the walls in front of you are only there because you perceive them to be there. What’s your favorite quote? “Don’t touch the money kid.” - Bill Cunningham This refers more to the creation of my own art and my sense of being. If I take money for a service or action, I relinquish some control over it. If I don’t then I retain that control. At the end of the day, what I’m most proud of is what I am able to create and control free of money or obligation. If you’ve never heard of the late fashion photographer and New York Times legend, Bill Cunningham, do yourself a favor and look him up. Another great quote that I keep close is, “Basically, I only play one character; I just play him at different volumes,” from Chris Farley. Love me or hate me, but this is what you get, Cody Giles, at different volumes. What is something most people don’t know about you? I do not, and will not if I can help it, own a pair of jeans. What’s the story behind the most interesting thing in your office or on your desk? I have a Polaroid of my Grandaddy taped to the side of my monitor. I am a HUGE fan of instant film. I could talk about it for an hour, if you’d like to get coffee sometime and do that, just let me know. Anyhow, Fred Giles was my best friend. He introduced me to Polaroids at a young age. He would take me to the store and let me buy packs of them and shoot to my heart’s content. I have no idea what they cost back then. What I do know, is back then they came ten to a pack. Now, they come with eight and they are nearly $25 for a pack. Since then I have always loved Polaroids. Like I said, let’s get coffee, I would love to gush over them more. What’s your office style? Uhhhhh...curated? I have lots of art and what Rebekah refers to as my chachkies on my desk. I will admit, the front of my desk resembles a really cool thrift store shelf. There are very few times that music isn’t playing and you might even catch me singing on a rare occasion. I also have a cut out of a smiling Mark Millsap in a bright yellow shirt taped to my monitor reminding me not to forget my 1.) camera, 2.) battery, 3.) memory card. Believe it or not, it has saved me more than once. NormanBusinessJournal.com | Quarter 2 // 2019 41