Episode 12 - James Berkeley: : Joining The Military Service To Find Out Who You Really Are


There will be people that make pit stops in your life and there will be ones that stick around for the entire journey and I believe James is here for the ride. Typical Baawwston native *emphasis on the accent* with the New England witts that nothing will ever get in his way. His high school years were that of any typical teenager- doing the complete opposite of what he should be doing- but it was all part of his journey. Shortly after graduating he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent the next couple years really finding himself and growing as a person. Stationed out in El Paso, Texas he had nothing but the desert to look at & this gave him time to find himself and figure out what he wanted to do next. Once his contract was up he came back to his roots, picked up a camera, and has been shooting the streets of Boston ever since. There isn’t one picture that really describes his brand or passion for photography because each photo tells a story that can never be replicated again.

If you have an idea or a hobby you would like to pursue then DO IT! You never know what could come of it & the only way you’ll ever know is by giving it a shot.   

Podcast Outline

  • Who is James Berkeley today?

  • Grew up in Tewksbury, MA

  • High school years

    • Huge sports fanatic growing up & played hockey

    • Got in with the wrong crowd and wasn’t chasing the right things

  • People went off to college, James joined the U.S. Army

    • Stationed in El Paso, Texas

    • Combat engineer (infantry with explosives)

  • Toughest aspect of joining the service

    • Being away from family & being put into a position with people he never met before

  • Veterans not getting the respect they deserve after serving their country

  • Why photography of all things?

    • Scrolling through Instagram & decided he wanted to take pictures once out of the army

  • Where did the name of his brand “Raw Notions” come from?

  • Strategy of his growth on Instagram over the past year

  • Camera James's shots with

  • Ending goal for photography

    • Travel the world & capture different people/environments

    • Each photo has a story to it

  • What drives James to do better at something in life?

    • Motivated to be the best he can be at all times

  • Breathe positive energy & think positive then positive outcomes will come

  • Picture of James on the wall 10 years from now, what would you see?

    • Success in everything that he challenges himself with

  • Ask Bobbay a question

    • Short term, what’re you trying to accomplish in the next 6 months?

    • As far as tour managing goes, what do you want to do with that?

  • Where can people find James on social media?

  • What 2-3 pieces of advice you would give to someone trying to find their passion?

    • Don’t give up

    • Follow your thoughts & dreams

    • Wealth is in the mind, not the pocket