Faces of Friday: Vicky Campbell

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The purpose of Faces of Friday:

Faces of Friday is an interview-based series that I launched to provide readers with insight into the lives of some of the unique, inspiring, & influential people I have had the honor of meeting/ knowing. Life can take you to unexpected places and the people you will meet throughout the series are willing to share with you where their lives have taken them.

I believe that one of the most important things in this life is the connection we share with one another. Identifying with another human being is an amazing gift, and it can inspire you to learn, grow, create, and open your eyes to what the world has to offer.  We are not alone in this crazy thing called life.  Life is a beautiful thing filled with beautiful people, and not everyone gets the opportunity to share their story. I want to provide others the opportunity to share their story and I want to give you the chance to hear it, learn from it, and maybe, just maybe, identify with it. I believe wholeheartedly that we were all meant for incredible things.  I hope you enjoy reading these stories, and I hope that they touch you in some way. We are all learning to navigate life’s murky waters, why not learn from each other along the way?

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Where are you from?

I am from teeny tiny village called Gaddesby situated in rural Leicestershire, England

Where do you live currently?

In Uptown Minneapolis

What brought you to the States?

I moved to the states so that I could live with my wonderful husband (then boyfriend) who was living with me in England but due to visa restrictions he had to move back to the USA.

What are some struggles you face being from England and living in the US?

That’s a question I get asked a lot and it is always very easy for me to answer; Without a doubt, the biggest struggle is being so far away from my family and friends. I have been incredibly blessed with the people in my life and I have always had a very close unit of friends and family surrounding me in England. That’s not to say that I don’t feel that I have that in the USA too, because within the past year especially have really felt that I do, but it still doesn’t make it easy being an ocean away from the people I have spent a lifetime with.

There will be days when homesickness just hits me so hard to the point where I could just stay in bed all day, it can be incredibly defeating. I have travelled a lot and have spent big chunks of time away from England but there is something very different about actually building a life in a foreign country to making temporary decisions in a country that you know will only be your home for a few weeks or months. I am incredibly close to my family, particularly my parents and my brother and it is the small things like ‘going down the local’ with my dad and brother and chatting over a cup of tea for hours on end with my mum that I pine for the most.

Did you go pursue higher education? What did you study?

I went to University for ‘Fashion Communication’ in Newcastle Upon Tyne in England and I specialized in Photography.

What do you do for a living? Is this always what you had planned to be doing?

I am the Photographer and Art Director for a blanket company called Faribault Woolen Mill. Alongside contracting for the mill I also freelance as a photographer (currently focusing on my newest project, ‘The Honest Headshot) and co-manage/creative direct my recently established side business (Bird Dog Creative).

Honestly, when I was a kid I always imagined I would become a vet (purely based on the fact that I am obsessed with all animals). I quickly realized that I hated all kinds of science, I was REALLY TERRIBLE at exams and absolutely did not have the patience to study for the number of years it took to become a certified Vet. Then came along photography. I was 16 and was a millisecond away from dropping out of high school (which you could do in England once you turned 16) because I couldn’t find anything I was good at/ enjoyed enough to commit to. Luckily at my high school you could take a class in photography so I did and loved it. Ever since then I have known it was something I wanted to incorporate into my career.

What are your hobbies?

I think I would say my main hobby is my dog, Ralph (does that count??). I am obsessed with him. I love to spend time outdoors and discovering new places, having Ralph is just another excuse to do those things and Sam (my hubby) and I will often spend our weekends taking long walks with him in different state parks.

I also love to camp in the summer and since moving to Minnesota kayaking and paddle boarding have become a big joy of mine. Reading this back is actually making me realize what a huge country bumpkin I have become!

What are you the most passionate about?

Aside from the people in my life I am most passionate about travelling. From a super young age it has always been a priority of mine to visit new countries and to mix with different cultures. Moving to the USA has made it a little more difficult to travel as much internationally as I was doing when I lived in the UK (because I spend most of my vacation time in the UK visiting family and friend) but Sam and I spend as much time as we can visiting new states and cities in the USA. That being said, we have recently promised ourselves that within the next two years we will be taking a hiatus from adult life to travel around the world for 5 months – I cannot wait!!!!

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What/who inspires you and why?

My parents for many many reasons.

My parents divorced when I was really young but that never affected the way we did things as a family. Every single Christmas, birthday, wedding, funeral we have always done together as a unit. As a kid I always just assumed that this was normal, my mum and dad were still dear friends and always made parenting decisions together. The older I have got the more I have realized that this was truly a unique situation and though at times, I am sure it would have been difficult for them, they have always kept our family a whole family. As a result of my parents approach to a happy and fulfilled life in a difficult situation I value my relationships with the people in my life more than anything else. They have have inspired me to always try to put what is most important first, regardless of how tough the situation can be at times.

What is your personal mantra?

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You recently started Bird Dog Creative can you tell us more about that?

Yes! Bird Dog Creative is a small side business that a best friend of mine, Kaylen and I started towards the end of last year. We call ourselves a ‘Social Editorial’ service and we focus on anything from website building to one off styled photo-shoots and social media management. Kaylen and I have worked together on several occasions for her magazine ‘The Riveter’ we feed off of each others creativity and more importantly have an absolute blast doing so. We have been asked as individuals on a few occasions to help professionals build their brand and as we work so well together we thought it would make sense to join forces and offer our services as a team. We currently have one main client that we are working with to help develop her brand and we work on smaller one off projects when we get the chance to. More than anything it’s so much fun to work with a best friend and Bird Dog Creative, although it is technically work, has become more of a fun passion project that I get to work on assignments I perhaps wouldn’t do otherwise.

Has life taken unexpected turns? And if so what were they?

Oh, for sure! If somebody was to tell me that by the age of 21 I would have fallen in love within a matter of hours to an American stranger I met in a dodgy hostel room in the south of France and that less than two years later I would be married to said man, living in Minnesota, USA, I would have laughed in their face. Although I have never really been the type of person to follow a regimented life both of these things were so far out of my imagination I still to this day can’t quite believe where life has taken me. God bless serendipity!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

‘I can do it and I will do it’. This is something my mum would always remind me to repeat over and over again in my head when I would struggle with exam anxiety as a kid. To this day, when I am struggling with work, homesickness, or anything else I will always hear my mum’s voice saying this to me and it will always always work.

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If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

To always expect the unexpected and to embrace it when it comes your way.

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