“There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration” – Marcus Cierco
We all have a person who inspires us. A person who strives us for greatness. A person who supports our aspirations. A person who is there for support and molds us into a fighter. A person who makes us smile despite all the odds. Whether it is a family member, a childhood friend, or teacher, they are the ones that make life worth it.
For me, it is my photography teacher, Mr. Zamlich. Mr. Zamlich is a photography teacher at Clark Magnet High School for three years and he is the best teacher I ever had. For my senior year, I am his student in his photography 5-6 class alongside being his Teacher Aide, and has become one of the best decisions I made in my life.
Mr. Zamlich, has become a person who has supported my photography interests and my college aspirations. He has offered great life advice that put into perspective the things that truly matter in my life. I would have never thought that when I took photography class my sophomore year I would have met such an amazing and inspirational person who is so much more than a teacher, but a person who has become someone I can turn to for guidance and support both in school and life. For my senior year, I have also been Mr. Zamlich’s teacher aide and it puts a smile on my face that I can help him out and get to know him more. Mr. Zamlich is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met and I am grateful for having him as a teacher and a friend.
I learned from taking Mr. Zamlich’s photography class that I never knew how much I loved photography. After my first year, it became much more than a spark for taking photos, photography became a canvas to capture each pivotal event in my life and realize that no moment is the same.
I was able to sit down with Mr. Zamlich for an interview where we talked about his own inspiration to his favorite show to his college experience. I enjoyed every second of it!
1.) Patrick: What is the best advice you have ever received and who was it from?
Mr. Zamlich: Work hard to accomplish your dreams and keep the rewards for later. It was from an old friend/mentor.
2.) Patrick: Who inspired you to take a job as a teacher, specifically a photography teacher?
Mr. Zamlich: My good friend, Mr. Stroup (cinematography teacher at Clark). We both had similar backgrounds in the arts and entertainment field. He encouraged me to take a shot at it. He had a feeling about me and knew I would work well with kids at Clark. Also, having a background in art, illustration, and photography helped.
3.) Patrick: If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be and why? (Since he picked two people who were musicians, I also asked Mr. Zamlich’s his favorite song from each one.)
1.) Bruce Cockburn – It was hard to make this choice because there are so many that I love. I would have to go with Child of The Wind. He sings about the simple things in life that make him happy. I am like that as well and I relate to this song because of this. Cockburn’s music has lifted me out of some depressing moments in my life. His messages are very spiritual and moving, he is one of the greats of our time.
2.) Stevie Ray Vaughn – Music has gotten under my skin like his. He has an amazing rhythm and energy. My favorite Stevie Ray Vaughn song would have to be Tightrope because of the amazing energy in the song both lyrically and instrumentally. I love his message. This is one of the first songs he wrote when he came out of drug rehab. It was about learning to love and make amends with the people who supported him. It was also about him loving himself. He had only been sober for two years when we died in a helicopter crash. I still cry when I hear certain songs from him.
3.) Winston Churchill – His amazing accomplishments!
4.) Patrick: What advice would you give any student heading into college?
Mr. Zamlich: Work before pleasure and try to go far from home. It will help you mature much quicker into an adult.
5.) Patrick: Who is one person dead or alive that inspires you every day and why?
Mr. Zamlich: A person who inspires me would be my mother who is alive. She has an open heart and is always ready to help those in need. She is tireless and she has always been my biggest fan.
6.) Patrick: What are you most proud of in your life?
Mr. Zamlich: My daughter!
7.) Patrick: Favorite book?
Mr. Zamlich: Watership Down by Richard Adams
8.) Patrick: Favorite movie?
Mr. Zamlich: One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest
9.) Patrick: Favorite TV Show?
Mr. Zamlich: Homeland
10.) Patrick: Favorite quote(s)?
Mr. Zamlich: I have a couple, I love them all. “It is not the size of a man that matters…it is the size of the fight inside the man.” Another would have to be from John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
11.) Patrick: What college did you go to? How was the whole college experience for you?
Mr. Zamlich: I went to San Jose State University. I have a BS in Graphic Design with a concentration on illustration. I was lucky because I had a partial scholarship for wrestling and my parents took care of the rest.
After college and searching for a job, Mr. Zamlich found a job working at Disney.
12.) Patrick: How was your experience working at Disney?
Mr. Zamlich: Working at Disney was a dream come true. I loved my time there. Especially the friends I made and the amazing well of talent that I got to learn from every day.
Patrick: That sounds great! Thank you so much Mr. Zamlich for the interview!
Mr. Zamlich: No problem Patrick!
Now I ask, who inspires you?