Interview: Jim Pandolfo

E - Can you tell us why you came in for a headshot?

J - I was looking for photos for three different purposes:  1. Linked-In profile      2. Personal business website     3. Online dating profile pictures

E - How did you find out about Ellen Wolff Photography / Long Island New York Headshots?

J - Simply googled "Linked-In headshots Long Island" - Ellen was the third result.

E - It is said that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. What is that ratio like for you?

J - Pretty accurate - I'm starting a small business as we speak and this is basically how it feels - you get so busy in the day-to-day that sometimes you forget what the end-game is.

E - How do you take your coffee?

J - Depends on the day. During the workweek, straight black. On the weekends (if I'm home), just with a splash of skim milk. On the weekends (if I'm out somewhere), then it's skim milk and one Splenda.

E - What is your favorite restaurant? Why?

J - Frankie & Johnnie's Pine Tavern - Bronx, NY.  It's a family favorite and I've been there to celebrate just about every major life event, including my own birth.

E - Red or white?

J - White - I was never a big fan of red.

E - Tell us one thing you can't live without.

J - Chinese Food. I've been places where you can't find any, and it's ruined my night a few times.

E - What was the last book you read for fun?

J - “Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi

E - How did you get started on your current path?

J - I was working a miserable, menial customer service job in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (where the average house sells for $50K, so that should give you an idea of what kind of area that is)  At 23, I looked at all my colleagues (many much older) and realized how easy it was to fall into a rut of getting too comfortable with a mediocre paycheck and spending your days in a poorly lit cubicle hating your life.  So, I quit, moved back to NY, got my Masters degree, and now have a much better life and career.  I'm also in the process of starting my own business. The experiences I've had and people I've met along the way have changed my life forever.

E - Tell us something you want us to know about what you do, something most folks don't ask and you wish they would.

J - I’ve always been the person that people turn to for advice....I'm told that I give off a vibe of experience and conviction.  Also, I've always been regarded as a good writer and speaker.  So, what better way to monetize these skills all-in-one?  Start a resume writing/career services company!

E - What is your dream project?

J - Working for large corporations has taught me one doesn't matter how objectively talented you are:  at the end of the day, whatever your boss says is what counts.  What might this boss say?  What kind of mood are they in that day?  Are they a control freak?  Do they feel threatened by you?  The list of personal biases they could have is endless, but the bottom line is that being dependent on the subjective whims of someone else is a terrible way to live, especially when your financial livelihood depends on it.    By the time I turn 40, my "dream project" is to have several, simultaneous business ventures/income streams and to never have to answer to a boss again (regulatory agencies don't count).  Possible contenders:  my career services business, investment/rental properties, and I'd also love to open a luncheonette. 

E - Do you have a website?

J - My website is still under construction, but once it's finished you can access it here:

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