We had the good fortune of connecting with Sadie McAdams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sadie, how do you think about risk?
Taking a risk is always a hard decision for me to make. The best piece of advice I ever got was to imagine the (realistic) absolute worst case scenario. Where does that leave you? Would you be okay? If so, then take the risk. Honestly, I am a naturally very cautious person. The last five years I’ve taken more risks than I could have possibly imagined whether that be applying for a job I wasn’t “qualified” for (and getting it!) to moving to Europe. I think risk has to come with the comfort of failure. I’d say in both my life and my career I’ve turned into a bit of a risk junkie. I’ve never regretted a single one.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I barely want to call myself a photographer/videographer, but people still want to pay me to take pictures and shoot videos. I can’t believe that I get to create as a career. I wanted to be a cinematographer in high school – I thought that would be such an awesome job and one I would love. But, things didn’t work out the way I planned. I started my post college life as a receptionist and moved up to being a Project Manager at a software company before realizing I really didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in a cubicle. I took a risk, convinced my husband to work part-time, and we traveled the world together exploring food cultures. During this time, I learned photography, videography, social media management, and business management. We’ve made our way back to Denver where now I get to pursue essentially the same dream I had in high school (I’m just making awesome food videos instead of working in Hollywood!). The most important lesson I’ve learned is don’t be afraid to ask and don’t be afraid to fail. We weren’t afraid to ask a friend of a niece of a cousin if he would join us in Mexico so we could meet his family and tour a Mayan apiary, which led to us getting to sit on top of one of the oldest cathedrals in Mexico in a completely Mayan village.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is WAAAY too hard of a question!! I think it would be worth it to take a couple of days in Palisade to do some wine tastings at Sauvage Spectrum Winery, Restoration Vineyard, Mesa Park Vineyard, and wind the evening down at Peach Street Distillery. Then we’d make our way through the mountains – probably stop at for a night in Frisco so we could hike at Lily Pad Lake and for sure eat at Butterhorn Bakery. Then for the rest of our time in Denver, we’d hit up the art museum, Alamo Drafthouse, and probably the botanic gardens. For dining in Denver. . . Fortune Wok to Table, Ash’kara, Señor Bear, Karma Asian Grill, Third Culture Bakery, Uncle, El Taco De Mexico, Post Oak BBQ, and Le French. On our last night we’d have to get a table at B&GC and close out the bar. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom is seriously my best friend. She is always there supporting me (in so many ways), is always there to help me, comfort me, and of course pursue some retail therapy. I’d like to dedicate this to her.
All photos are taken and edited my me.