Over the years, Minerva has had the absolute privilege of working with some our province’s most inspiring and impactful values-based leaders. Some have been at the pinnacle of their careers while many others are just beginning or part way through their leadership journey. We would like to introduce you to some of these leaders from the Minerva BC community, as we believe there’s much to learn from one another.
Ida Adamowicz is a photographer and founder of Wonderful Ida photography and videography. Raised with a camera in her hand, Ida inherited her father’s creative drive and talents. When she’s not photographing Minerva’s events (where her sheer presence increases production value tenfold), she’s expanding her side hustle with additional courses and training. She was most recently accepted into the Grip department with IATSE 891, which kickstarts a new adventure working on set for major motion pictures.
What are your top three values and how do they influence your leadership style?
Fun, learning, and creativity. I’m constantly coming up with new creative ideas, taking classes and workshops, teaching others, and taking risks.
What advice would you share with young women at the start of their career?
Be patient. It might take many years till you get to where you want to be in your career. If you work hard enough you will get there. Don’t be scared if you feel like you’ve fallen off track. If it’s something that you truly want, you will get there.
How do you practice self-care?
I try to connect with nature as much as I can. I often go on bike rides, hikes, or take trips to places I’ve never been before. I love exploring, and it’s also my way of recharging.
What book/app/Website or resource would you recommend to other women leaders?
I love Creative Live. I can tune in at any time and learn from the world’s top experts. I would also suggest visiting them in their studio for one of their full workshops. It’s a great way to network with like-minded people while learning.
What is one thing that others might be surprised to learn about you?
I first went to school for Kinesiology, because I was told that “photography isn’t a career”. It took me till I was 25 to stop believing that.
What advice do you wish you had known five years earlier?
Be patient. Things take time. You will get there, just maybe not as quickly as you imagine.
How do you define success?
Being happy and getting to do what you love.
What inspires you?
Others inspire me. To see others doing well makes me happy, and encourages me to keep dreaming.
If you could have coffee with anyone, who would it be and why?
Alfred Hitchcock, he is a creative genius. I would love to talk about light with him.