JASON KIRBY – PICTURE PERFECT
Kirby, like all students at SDSU, was encouraged to get involved with organizations and competitions within the university and it is these activities that gave him the foundation he needed to initiate a successful business. "The skills I learned as an active participant on executive boards, maintaining good grades and pursuing business competitions, like the CIBER Case Challenge, Global Enterprise Experience and Lavin VentureStart, were incredibly valuable when I first formed the company," said Kirby, who was also part of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program at SDSU.
It is not easy to leave the security of a full-time job to start your own business.
Yet, that is precisely what Jason Kirby ('10, management) did when he struck out on his own to pursue his passion – photography. He opened his studio, Right Light Studios, in December 2011.
But this is not your typical photography business that earns most of its income from still photos. While he earns some income from taking photos for corporate clients, Kirby earns much of his income by renting out his state-of-the art studio as well as providing online and live photography classes.
"My goal was to build a business that gave me the freedom to live the lifestyle that I chose at any given time in my life," said Kirby. "That is exactly what I have built and will continue to build throughout my life."
"I remember Jason very well from several of my classes and even then Jason showed an incredible entrepreneurial drive."
- Martina Musteen, Ph.D.
"The skills I learned as an active participant on executive boards, maintaining good grades and pursuing business competitions […] were incredibly valuable when I first formed the company."
"I remember Jason very well from several of my classes and even then Jason showed an incredible entrepreneurial drive," said Musteen. "I remember he took advantage of all that our program had to offer. For example, he was a winner of the Global Enterprise Experience contest and performed very strongly in the CIBER case competition. I am very proud of his accomplishments as an entrepreneur."