Today we’d like to introduce you to Edgar Colomba.
Hi Edgar, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I moved from Puerto Rico to Kansas City after hurricane Mary hit the island in 2017. I always felt passion for business since I was a kid. I remember telling my mom crazy ideas and how I was going to be a millionaire ( hopefully one day). I was always involved in businesses, my dad had a food spot in my hometown, I used to work with him, serving food to people and running the business (I was 12 years old).
High School was not a good stage for me, I was not a good student, for some reason teachers did not like me at all. One day one my teachers told me I was not going to be successful in life. That day my life changed completely ( for good ). I think of that moment almost every day, it is still very clear in my head. But thanks to that moments is why I keep pushing, trying and working hard every day. I always knew I did not want to be a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. It’s hard to explain that to your parents when they have been expecting you to become one of those one day.
Time went by and I made it to college. One day driving home with my brother I saw this “BMW X6 M” on a car delearship. I looked at my brother and told him ” that car will be mine one day”. I knew I had to work really hard for it. I took $2,000 i had on my bank account and started a business.
That business was an epic fail. An epic fail that gave so many good memories and also helped me to find what I wanted to do forever. We started “Ascendant Skateboard Co” in 2013 thinking that is was going to be easy. Turns out that running a business is harder than what you think. We lost money, a lot of money. But this business exposed me to things a never thought I was going to do, it also made me closer to my brother. He taught me how to use a camera and how to graphic design. If it was not for him, I probably wouldn’t be doing what I am doing today.
I finally finish college and after the hurricane, we took the hard decision to move out of the island. I started working, I gave up trying to do a business. The thing is when you are really passionate about something, you can not let it go that easily. It’s a feeling you can not control, because I know I was born for this, for business.
Today, I am running two brands “Barkland Co” which is a dog products brand and a personal brand, which is a creative concept. I want to bring creative stuff inspired by my photography and adventures. I have a long way to go. But like a said I know I was born for this and I won’t stop. I have being part of the media team for the Sporting KC and NHRA. Building a sports portfolio is harder than what many people think, especially on a pro-level. It’s have not been easy, It is not going to be easy. But the harder the process the better the reward. So I will keep pushing, fighting and believing.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has been, bumpy with a lot turns. But it is part of it. What is life without struggle? Right. For me, the real struggle is to make people believe in you. But once you have the right mindset you realize the only person you need to believe in you, is yourself.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I take landscape and architecture photography. I do sports photography once is a while, but my main focus right now is to create a personal brand, where I can create and inspire others.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
The best way people can collaborate with me is by supporting me. Following my Instagram account @iamcolomba_ where they can see my work and share it with others. Also, if they have ideas or they want to work together, I am always excited about it.