WHAT DO YOU DO?
When I see authentic beauty, I capture it through my lens and express it using video or photography. My photos can be viewed on my instagram account and my videos on my Youtube account. Within my photos, my fashion style and passion for travel can be observed. My videos typically have a lessons or purpose for the viewer to reflect upon after watching it. One of my favorite videos was the video called ‘perfection’, it was based on the game perfection, and I used it as a metaphor to represent the struggles in people ’s lives because of the image society has created for us to be flawless.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
I started with my iPhone and eventually bought a high quality DSR camera. My eye for what to focus on has improved along with my editing skills. I started with the basic iMovie and now I use Final Cut Pro for editing my inspirational videos which speaks to many. For over 6+ years I have gained valuable insight on producing high quality videos and photographs. I can not wait for what the future holds for me down this career path.
HOW DO YOU STAND OUT IN YOUR FIELD?
I stand out in my field because I have a natural eye for innovation and I am artistic, creative, and have exceptional critical thinking skills. I am a proficient “out-of-the-box” thinker with a genuine inquisitiveness driven by my curiosity to understand the world. I have an ability for connecting with people and cultures for which I am able to extract elements of their everyday life and communicate this through my photographs.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Utilizing my experience with social media and photography skills I want to establish my name and reputation, by working with companies and individuals, to showcase my favorite fashion styles and unique taste in design choices. I am currently in the process of finalizing a business plan to develop an on-line clothing store.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
My taste in fashion is not a “one category fits all”, it is unique blend of all styles specific to my mood at that time. I have a variety of tastes in clothing styles. These include everything from modern, classic, trendy, preppy, upscale, and exclusive designer brands. This versatility in style is what makes me stand out. I do try-on hauls on You-tube to reflect my clothing style choices, which can also be seen on my my Instagram account.
WE ALL HAVE MULTIPLE SKILLS OR WORK IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD FOCUS ON MORE?
I would like to focus my energies on the Mass Media Industry related to Fashion and Travel via social media marketing & networking.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
I am new to the business aspect of this field, and it is difficult to find appropriate funding to launch the business where I envision it.
What I find most frustrating is the learning curve required to keep me moving forward.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
If I could hire someone for $20/hour, I would have them to take on the office managerial components of the business such as ordering, processing, and answering emails to allow me the time to focus on the creative and designing aspect of the business.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
When I was younger, maybe middle school age, I was worried about what people thought of my videos. I would often fall prey to criticism and end up deleting a lot of my earlier works and those videos are now gone forever. Today I would tell myself that you can never please everyone and most of the criticism was probably from pure jealousy.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
I would ask “What inspired you to do what you did? What were some of your greatest challenges and how were you able to press on during those challenges?” I am fascinated in learning how successful people who share my interests and passions think, I want to know what makes them ‘tick’.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I hope to work with brands that allow me to contribute my talents and resources to creatively expand their product, at the same time, help me to meet new people, explore new places and form new experiences to eventually acquire the knowledge and skills to design my own brand. I would like to make the vision of my client come to life. High on my priority list are projects which include promoting positivity, inspiration, and and creating self confidence.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
My ideal client would be to work with large known brand corporations, or small businesses and start-ups that would like to expand their online presence using my creativity for their ideas. I would like to target a high school/college-age audience.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
My retainer would be based on the project however I would be willing to take a percentage of the sale, ownership from a equity position, or even a trade for product/promotion.
WHO IS A CREATIVE THAT HAS HELPED YOU ELEVATE YOUR WORK?
India Blue Severe (Indy Blue) Instagram: @IndyBlue_
Indy is 22yr old captivating writer. She tells stories in the form of a video. My favorite video she created was ‘Dreaming with my eyes open’. In her video, she captures life in motion and makes the user feel alive in the moment.
Camaryn Swanson Instagram: @CamarynSwanson
Camaryn is a 20yr old stylish business women. She knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after it. She started her own business @mineswim, selling all her favorite swimsuit trends. I aspire to be like her and create my own online clothing business, selling all my favorite styles.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
I prefer for people to get a hold of me via my Instagram account and with a funny ice breaker.
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
Travel, Observe, Be Inspired and Open-Minded
This member profile was originally published in July 2019.