FEATURING: Laura Crosta

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

Sharing of resources. I have recently found Sharegrid.com and find it to be such an amazing resource for rental gear and crew. I am so much happier giving my rental funds to a DP or camera assistant. that I could eventual collaborate with on a job.

 

How did you discover your creativity?

In 5th grade, I started taking art classes. I learned how to draw, paint, work with clay. While everyone else was doing sports, I was drawing and painting. I ended up getting accepted to a final art program at Syracuse and added photography after my first semester.

 

What are you working on these days?

Videos Videos Videos

 

What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?

I would say shooting Michael Jordan. After that job I found my first agent.

 

What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?

I have so many but my goto are my Thinktank bags. They have traveled the world with me.

 

What is your MOTTO in life?: 

Glass half full.

 

What do your parents think you do?

My dad is an amateur photographer and just loves that I have made my art my career.

 

What would be your Networking Do's & Dont's?

Ask questions, Be curious about who you are talking with - not in a creepy way as if you read too much of their Facebook page but on a personal level.


Full Name: Laura Crosta

Profession: Photographer & Director

Industry: Advertising

Website: www.lauracrosta.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauracrosta/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauracrosta/

FEATURING: Sara Foldenauer

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

Collaboration is the name of the game for me and without a creative community I would have none of that. I thrive on bouncing ideas off one another to get myself inspired for projects. I am not one who likes to work alone all the time, and I love the feeling of community in a creative form and in life as well!

How did you discover your creativity? 

It's funny, I think it's all I've ever really known. I was always coloring, doodling, and making things as a child. From about the age of six or seven I knew I wanted to be an artist, and sort of knew I would be doing something creative, not quite sure what it would be though. I never wanted to do or be anything else (other than the first woman to play for the Yankees, but that dream died around ten!)

What are you working on these days? 

Recently I have done a couple commercials which was a new fun challenge. I am also getting my studio in order for photo shoots, commercials, and event rentals. This year as well, I plan on painting more backdrops for custom orders or rentals, as painting is one of my most favorite things to do.

What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?

Well, I sort of had a couple big stepping stones throughout my career. While photo and set assisting, at 27, I got asked to art direct, set design, and photograph a campaign for Sony's windows. The images were in the windows on Madison Avenue, in Chicago and San Francisco. This was HUGE for me! The windows got first place in VM+SD (Visual Merchandising and Store Design) 11th Annual International Visual Competition for "Windows'/Product" category. I was pursuing being a photographer then, but also loved to work on set concepts and producing my own shoots. Even though the Sony job did not quite get my photo career to take off, it was a great learning experience and accomplishment at the time.
The second bone thrown my way was when I was primarily set assisting a few years later. I had worked on a Target shoot once or twice. A few months after my last assisting job with them, I got asked to go to Florida as the main prop stylist. I wasn't convinced that this was my path, to only be a set designer/prop stylist, until I had worked on a photo shoot with Amanda Pratt making some kooky headpieces. I compiled whiffle balls and various tchotchkes, glued them together, spray painted them black, and they were a hit! From then on, I knew doing sets and props would be my main route.

What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?

Haha - so much! All sorts of chargers and battery packs for phones, lipstick and a mini pharmacy, work and personal notebooks, receipt binder for jobs, wallet, probably random screws I found in my pockets and threw in there, and way too many Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons that have probably expired!

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession: 

1. Work hard! I'm from the pre-social media days of making your way, and I still believe you have to put in the time and energy to get ahead in this business.
2. Get your finances in order. Sounds so serious, but if you do sets and props, I highly recommend getting a bookkeeper and accountant in your back pocket from the get-go! 
3. Love what you do. Doing sets and props is not for the faint of heart and you really have to love this to make it work and be successful at it.

Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?

I love following various artists and painters for inspiration who are not in this industry. I also follow loads of places in the Mediterranean for that quick fix to daydream when I see an image of the sea.

What is your MOTTO in life?

Well my motto within my business has always been: "If I can't find it or buy it, I'll probably make it! And even if I can find it or buy it, I'll probably just want to make it." 

In life: "Just be yourself."

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Getting a car and driving around Crete. I've done it the past six years so far and need go every year!

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?

A lifetime supply of macaroni and cheese (my other guilty pleasure), various gallons of paint, and The White Album.

What do your parents think you do?

They think I work way too much and too hard!

What would be your Networking Do's & Dont's?

Don't drink too much at a networking party. 
Do drink just enough to talk to everyone.
And remember your business cards!

 


Full Name: Sara Foldenauer

Profession: Set Designer/Prop Stylist

Industry: Photography/Commericals

Website: www.setsbysara.com

Instagram: @sets_by_sara and @studio_by_sara

FEATURING: ANNIKA HOWE

How did you discover your creativity?:

Through reading, dance & traveling alone starting at a very young age.

1. I began flying alone between Europe & the States at age 4 or 5 & I credit that independent solo travel time for the very rich inner life I had as a child.
2. Feeling free and expressing myself through dance and music. I did everything from classical ballet, to baton, and my big love, tap - basically percussion with your body!
3. Exploring other worlds and realities through reading.

All three have become healthy habits in my adult life.

What are you working on these days?:

Intelligent International Photo Production through my company, HoweHaus. I'm lucky to work a ton internationally on ad campaigns, but we also do editorials, annual reports & direct brand activation projects. It's so fun! Then there's handling the art-buying to find the right creative talent/photographer/director for a project, and working with photographers who may not have representation, but need someone to help them with negotiations, targeting clients or the production process.

2. My passion project is www.theproducer.com - This is an online platform for all of us behind the scenes of the photo industry. We interview key crew members or vendors, write about industry issues, host real world events & provide a community to our industry.

How about a recent challenge or accomplishment?

I've been fortunate to work on a number of helicopter shoots, but this past year might have taken the cake!
This past spring, I produced a top-secret photo & video shoot requiring helicopter & drone permissions across major European cities. With super-strict fly-over restrictions and drone regulations changing by the minute, it was very challenging, but an ultimately exhilarating mission! For weeks on end, it was just the three of us - producer, photographer & director - travelling as a tight team across Europe, stealthily creating captivating imagery and staying ahead of any changing regulations.

What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?:

Lots of different zip pouches containing:
a notebook & fountain pen
my passports
a refillable water bottle
a wallet with production credit cards & itemized receipts
various international chargers & a power bank
snacks
*I honestly have a Mary Poppins bag- you never know what I might pull out of it!

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession:

1. The Golden Rule! Treat others as you would like to be treated. People remember how you make them feel.
2. Don't take anything personally. Have pride in your work, but no ego. This can be tough when you're running your own biz.
3. Things always have a way of working out. (I'm a discerning optimist, and my creativity comes in the form of resourcefulness.)

Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?:

@usaforunhcr - The UN Refugee Agency - To keep perspective.
@GirlGaze - Amanda DeCadenet / Girl Gaze
@tinyatlasquarterly - a visual vacation, run by a female photographer and SF-resident, Emily Nathan
@zeitmagazin - my dose of German culture
@foammagazine - one of my all-time favorite photo destinations located in Amsterdam
@theonion - for levity, but also smart witticism & political satire

What is your MOTTO in life?:

I don't often think in terms of one concrete motto, but See top 3 tips, which are basically my way of operating in life!

What is your guiltiest pleasure?:

I think I'm past feeling guilty about these things, even if they are a bit dorky.
I take hip-hop choreography classes and may or may not know the choreo to most Beyonce videos.
Also traveling with my tango shoes. It's surprising how wide-spread tango is - I've even found a tango scene in Ubud, Bali. Dancing is the easiest way for me to turn off my brain and be completely present.

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?:

My siblings. I have 3 younger siblings who are endlessly loving, entertaining & inspiring.

Ok, if we're talking about inanimate objects:
Music in some form.
A notebook & pen.
SPF 100 - I am northern German and not meant for the sun!

What do your parents think you do?:

My dad thinks I put out the snacks during a shoot.
My mom just thinks I work way too much!
(For the record, both are correct)

What would be your Networking Do's & Dont's.:

Make sincere connections & have a conversation rather than randomly handing out business cards.
Ask how you can be of help to those you meet, rather than the other way around.


Full Name: Annika Howe

Profession: Producer/ Owner HoweHaus & Founder of www.theproducer.com

Industry: Photography Production

Website: www.howehaus.com www.theproducer.com

Facebook: annikahowe & theproducer.com

Instagram: @theproducerdotcom

Twitter: TheProducerCom

LinkedIn: annikahowe

Blog: www.theproducer.com

 

FEATURING: Austin Huck

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

I named my studio HIVE.STUDIO because often creating a photograph is like a busy hive, everyone working together. The "V" in the logo is broken into parts because we believe that as a collective mind we are greater. Everyone we work with brings their own beauty and uniqueness which we add to our own to create something new.

 

How did you discover your creativity?

I look at my own work a lot and try to break down what I like and why. I also look to non-photo/video things with the same question.

 

What are you working on these days?

I'm working on balancing my very purposeful sets and posing while also allowing some chaos in to create something that I might not have seen otherwise.

 

What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?

I can trace most of my success back to an email to a friend in 2008. We knew each other through a casual Ultimate Frisbee league, and he gave me my first job as a retoucher for a big retailer. A lot of my professional network was built there.

 

What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?

No bags, travel as light as possible, cause otherwise I'll lose something.

 

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession: 

Photograph everyday, look at those photos and think about them, show them to other people (in person) and ask them what they think. Rinse and repeat.

 

Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?

I find if I look at Instagram too much I develop some real FOMO. Someone told me if you're looking left and right you don't see whats in front of you. I'm not always great at that but I try. Usually I find inspiration from my early influences like Paul Strand, Dorothea Lange, Irving Penn, and more recently Peter Lindbergh. I think they found that balance between a very purposeful photo but not feeling staged, forced, or disingenuous.

 

What is your MOTTO in life?

No work before coffee.

 

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Red Bull, so much Red Bull.

 

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? 

Pocket knife, gaffers tape, and friends.

 

What do your parents think you do?

They bounce back and forth between thinking I'm a really big deal and questioning how I'm able to stay in business.

What would be your Networking Do's & Dont’s.?

This is what I try to remind myself before networking events: talk about yourself but don't ramble. Meet people, ask questions, and listen. Always bring a business card, it's better to be late than to arrive without a card. Meet at least 3 people that you've never met.


Full Name: Austin Huck

Profession: Photographer / Director

Industry: Fashion and Lifestyle Photography

Website: www.hive.studio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hivestudioboston/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hive.studio/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hive_Twits

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/austinhuckphotography/

Blog: http://www.hive.studio/blog/

FEATURING: Alex Hankoff

 

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

I think it comes down to who you choose (or are lucky enough to) surround yourself with as an artist and thinker. That first ring - the innermost circle of any creative's community is always going to have the majority of influence, and that's why it's important to engage with people who help you grow and challenge you, but then I think it radiates outward to people you don't know but have an influence just the same, i.e. movie/commercial directors, artists, writers, musicians, etc.It dawned on me recently, at my first ever trip to SXSW earlier this year, that I was completely surrounded by my Creative Community, even though I was crashing SXSW on a whim and didn't really know anyone. We were all in this business, in one respect or another - together. Once I took ownership of that, I found myself comfortable and confident engaging with anyone and everyone because I knew we all shared for the most part - the same goals and aspirations. Once you've made those connections, the best way to utilize them is to understand what people work best for whatever you're working on at the moment. Not every project is right for everyone, so having a deep bench of peers and collaborators helps to hone in on who and what will work for whatever you're currently concentrating on.

 

What are you working on these days?

 I recently released the first episode of season two in my ongoing documentary web series, "NYChapters" (www.chapters.nyc) and we've started the edit on episode two so that should be released pretty soon. NYChapters has been a really rewarding personal project for me - it's nice to be able to create films that resonate with people in between commercial jobs and larger, more ambitious projects.I'm also writing my first feature film, "Street Legal" inspired in part by my short film "Yellow" which did well in it's festival run last year and led to people asking if there was a feature in the works, so this would be the answer to that demand.Lastly, I'm working on the book for a photography project I began in the summer of 2015 called "Transient Encounters" wherein I photographed folks across the US and Mexico over the course of a two month long solo cross country motorcycle trip. I've added to the series on follow up solo motorcycle trips since and am compiling stories and photographs for the book project from all the trips.

 

What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?

I was brought on as the cinematographer for a series of Dior Homme commercials with Willy Vanderperre shooting the stills. Those films got my foot in the door shooting for luxury brands at a pretty early stage in my career. Having that on the reel helped create opportunities I took advantage of and had certain creative directors take a kid fresh out of film school, a bit more seriously.

 

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession:

ALWAYS Listen - keep your ears open on set at all times. You can anticipate a hell of a lot on a shoot if you stay alert to what people are talking about. It's the little conversations between the creatives, director, cinematographers and producers that should cue you in to what's coming. Armed with that knowledge, you can anticipate what's next and be in the right place when it's time, with whatever gear or materials your particular job is in charge of. When you're there and ready without being told or having your hand held THAT's what separates the proactive people on a set from the rest, and those are the people who I bring up through the ranks.

ALWAYS follow up - this is a simple one. You should always send a brief email to whoever your superior was on the job to thank them for the gig and hope to work with them again. This rule applies throughout any role in production, and I find it a great way to stay on the radar of the folks you work with. On the flip side, I always email my crew after a job thanking them for coming out and being a part of the project. It's a two way street, everyone likes to have their work and efforts recognized - it doesn't stop when you're the director.

ALWAYS work on your craft - it's easy to become complacent once bigger jobs come in and things aren't quite as hard as they were when you first started. This is when a lot of people fall into a comfort zone, shooting what they've always done and are good at, and stop pushing themselves. It's a TRAP. Don't be one of those people. You should always strive for more - whether that means creating a new outlet for yourself in between jobs (like my documentary series does for me), or writing a short film or feature, taking a trip somewhere you've never been for inspiration, etc. Don't stagnate just because the paychecks are coming in now.

 

What is your MOTTO in life?

Eyes on the horizon.

 

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I love terrible movies and I just discovered "The Room" (I know, I'm late to the party on this one). If you haven't seen it, check it out - it's crazy.

 

What would be your Networking Do's & Dont's?

Do meet as many people as you can, and keep the conversations brief but effective. You want to make an impression but not overwhelm people with all your wonderful work and achievements, that gets boring quick.Don't be an asshole. Treat everyone with respect, people remember if you were a dick to them on set and that will come back to bite you ten fold. I've seen people with awful attitudes treat PAs and others on set poorly, and a couple years later, were begging them for a meeting...


Full Name: Alexander Hankoff

Profession: Writer, Director, Cinematographer

Industry: Commercial & Film

Website: www.alexanderhankoff.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexander.hankoff

Instagram: @hashtaghankoff

Twitter: @a_hankoff

 

FEATURING: 72artproduction

What are you working on these days?

We work on lots of brands at 72andSunny, everything from Coors, Starbucks, Truth, Target, Google, to Call of Duty (Activision). We help on all aspects of production, starting with creative development and artist selection, to campaign execution, which is either shoot production, or working with illustrators. Outside of 72, we like to stay connected to the art community of Los Angeles, which is really having a seriously rad moment right now. There are a lot of good things to see out there!!!

 

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession:

1.    Work on developing your creative vision. We want to hire people to do what they excel in their personal work into their professional work, so if your point of view is focused this should be seamless.

2.    Don't stop making. Its great if you have something you are known for, but after a year (or even a few months), we need to see new work!! Blame the Internet, but it's true!

3.    This might be hard to hear, you don't know everything. Always keep learning. People are a resource, and take what you can from those willing to teach you!

 

Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?

Of course we love 72artproduction!!! We love art so much, and Instagram has been such an amazing outlet for us to share what inspires us with other like minded art nerds. Here are some of our favorite accounts to get lost in: 

1. Visual Melt

2. Street Art News 

3. Fruit Stickers

4. The Women Who Draw 

5. The Family Acid

6. X-Rated Collection 

7. Foam Magazine 

8. Puss Puss Mag 

9. Goodtype 

10. Pam Loves Ferrari Boys 

 

  

What do your parents think you do?

Ha, no one's parents know what they do! They know we make ads, and that is enough.

 

What would be your Networking Do's & Dont's?

Be yourself. Don't sell things you don't believe in. It might seem obvious, but don't harass people! Be chill, believe in what you are doing and the right people will respond to it.


Full Name: Veronica Reo & Diana Pam

Profession: Senior Art Producers

Industry: Advertising

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/72artproduction/

Blog: http://artblog.72andsunny.com/

FEATURING: Duffy Higgins

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

It means being in and amongst your contemporaries, your peers, your like-minded friends for positive growth. Especially in production, where we all know that our creativity is a sum of all its parts, a creative community is healthy, purposeful, and essentially necessary.

 

How did you discover your creativity?

I was lucky enough to be raised by my mother who encouraged me to be anything I wanted. When I was young, I wrote stories and drew a lot, and I was always bugging my mom to take me to the movies....but it really wasn't until college that I figured it all out. A older classmate and good friend there at school was knee-deep into film/video production and the more I hung out around him, helping him with his projects/productions, the brighter that light bulb got until one day it just popped.

 

Top Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession:

To never let up on producing your personal work, and to always do so with no outside expectations.

 

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Making ice cream sandwiches and watching late late night movies when I should probably be sleeping.


Full Name: Duffy Higgins

Profession: Filmmaker - Director/Cinematographer/Photographer/Producer

Industry: Production

Website: www.DuffyHiggins.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duffy.higgins

Instagram: DuffyA76

Twitter: DuffyA76

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/duffy-higgins-5b52312/

FEATURING: Hassan Kinley

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

Creative Community is a place where like minded people come together to share ideas resources and talent. The best way to utilize members in a creative community is to stay involved with relevant projects. Creatives and people in general are attracted to things that are relevant. Creatives will come to you and want to share their ideas resources and talents when you and your projects are relevant.

 

How did you discover your creativity? 

I didn't discover my creativity, it discovered me and has been using me all of my life. I honestly don't know what its like to not be creative. I create from the time I wake up to the time I sleep.

 

Name the biggest challenge you have had in growing your business. How did you solve it? 

My biggest challenge was I tried to wear too many hats. I'm good at lot of things. So when something needs to be done, I tend to just do it myself instead of getting the right person for the job. My career changed for me once i realized that I should focus on what I'm great at doing. Put a team together and let the best people focus on what they are great at doing.

 

What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?

Pontiac Ad I shot over a decade ago. I happen to be in the right place at the right time and had the right image in my portfolio.

 

What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?

Haha!!! Altoids, two sony cameras, canon flash, AA batteries, 5 SD Cards, extra t-shirt, external harddrive, headphones, Lens cloth, napkins, candy I got from B&H and the book I'm reading now 'Power of Awareness'

 

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession: 

1. Don't stop shooting no matter what. 2. Learn about marketing. 3. Always know that no one can do you better than you when you are at 100%. So always strive for the best you and never concern yourself with what others are doing.

 

Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?

@BradleyTheodore @asaprocky @patrickhoelck @nick_knight @lecoup.nyc @thearkutect @stevenkleinstudio I check these guys out all the time. They are all different but very good at what they do. I'm highly motivated by these creatives.

What is your MOTTO in life?

To whom much is given much is required.

 

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I'm a self proclaimed Rockstar. I love creating images that are bad ass!

 

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?

My wife and my two sons.

 

What do your parents think you do?

They think I'm a photographer.

 

What would be your Networking Do's & Dont's?

Always network with the idea to build the best team of people you can. Don't under estimate anyone. You can learn from everyone who crosses your path.


Full Name: Hassan Kinley

Profession: Photographer

Industry: Photography

Website: www.hassankinleycreative.com

Instagram: hassankinleycreative

Twitter: hassankinley

FEATURING: Colleen Runné

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

Creative Community means my surrounding peers and my close circle of creative friends who you can refer work to, collaborate with as well as enjoy similar social activities. The best way that works for me is attending industry events by beauty brands, designers, art openings as well as on set when working. I find working on set is one of the better ways when in a professional environment, you can get to know the individual creative on a more personal level.

 

How did you discover your creativity?

I started out as a fine arts major, then became a Textile Designer/Director for several leading designers which lead to being my now makeup artist self. My creativity started at a very young age and a box of 64 Crayola crayons, the rest is history.

 

Name the biggest challenge you have had in growing your business. How did you solve it?

Primarily, getting the word out I was on my own after assisting. My initial website was on LookBooks which gave me more exposure. Once I started to send out new work newsletters as well as individual emails saying I was on my own, new work and clients started to come in. When I got my agent, Leigh at Kate Ryan, a year and half later, my business has grew significantly.

 

What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?

My first big break was getting the opportunity to work as a lead assistant for makeup legend/ maestro Dick Page. It gave me opportunities to work with the industry legends as well as learn from them and why they are where they are. It also taught me a different level of makeup artistry that not everyone gets the opportunity to do. The opportunity opened doors for me that would not have happened otherwise. For instance, keying the Celine Resort and Pre-Fall presentations at MILK for several seasons.

 

What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?

IPhone, Sketchbook, makeup bag (Marc Jacobs Beauty compact powder, Charlotte Tilbury lippy, MAC Barely There lip liner, Sephora concealer) mints, MetroCard, Marc Jacobs sunnies

 

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession: 

Patience.
Always go the extra mile on set, show up on time and learn.
Never think you know it all, as a creative/ artist; you can never learn too much. You are always evolving and becoming better at your craft. 

 

Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?

Pat McGrath, Val Garland, Dick Page, UnSkilled Worker, Paul Cavaco, Inez and Vinoodh 
There is so much inspiration on Instagram. These are a few of my inspiration for makeup, art, styling and photography. Unskilled Worker for her inspiring story of self taught artist and her work is incredible. Pat, Val and Dick are what Masters are made of and each one has their distinct style of art. To me it is the same as going to the Met and looking at a Caravaggio then a Van Gogh. I just love Paul Cavaco, his work and what he stands for plus he is a lovely person. Inez and Vinoodh's work to me is exhilarating...they cover the gamut of styles. 

 

What is your MOTTO in life?

Gratitude.

 

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

A long weekend in Scotland.
Brunch at Petrossian.


Full Name: Colleen Runné

Profession: Makeup artist at Kate Ryan Inc.

Industry: Fashion and celebrity

Website: colleenrunne.com and http://www.kateryaninc.com/makeup/colleen-runne

Facebook: Colleen Runne Makeup

Instagram: colleenrunne

Twitter: colleenrunne

LinkedIn: Colleen Runne


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FEATURING: Molly DeCoudreaux

What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?

Working as a freelance photographer can be sort of lone-wolfish, so creating and embracing a community has been really impactful and heartening for me. I realize that work begets work, but work can also eat you alive! I find that I need to get out and meet with my peers and colleagues. I've helped create a community of women photographers that both meet in person and serves as a referral, trouble shooting, and supportive network.

 

How did you discover your creativity?

Both of my parents really encouraged my creativity as a kid. My dad was a collector of psychedelic poster art and an architect, and most of our time together was spent either in taking me on a walk or to a museum. Those walks, perhaps even more than the museum visits, are what really what anchored my creativity and instilled the value of a deeper kind of seeing. He would point out the way a tree branch intersected a horizon, how an architectural detail changed the feeling of a building, in effect teaching me how to actively observe the world. My mom was supportive of all my early creative leanings, allowing me to photograph her, get paint all over the kitchen floor, and build sculptures out of junk.

 

What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?

I can't say that I've had a specific moment that was a big break per se, besides working hard for a very long time! However, I can say that this work ethic has paid off. I am working with companies that have grown from pop-ups to brick and mortar restaurants, shooting cookbook projects, and traveling to shoot with craftspeople, farms, and ranchers who are working to support biodiversity and traditional food ways.

 

What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?

Water, coffee, advil, chapstick, business cards, journal, hanky, travel toothbrush, band-aids, lara bar, travel spoon, 12 pens.

 

Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession: 

Assist as much as you can; you'll pick up business and client navigation skills in addition to working in the field.
Be kind and humble, get your social skills in order.
Don't spend too much time looking at other people's creative work or social media. Concentrate on what pleases you/what you are the best at.

 

Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?

I follow accounts like @cassbird, @mattiehinkley, + @amylombard because I love watching the work of women artists and photographers that seem to have a really specific point of view. It helps keep me focused, despite my range of client and editorial work, keeps me staying honed on my specific style and vision. 
Instagram can have it's own set of "instagramy" aesthetics, so it's a good reminder that folks that don't bow to that are doing great and presenting their work that does not fit that mold.



Full Name: Molly DeCoudreaux

Profession: Photographer

Industry: Food + Beverage

Website: mollydecoudreaux.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MDXStudio/

Instagram: @mdecoudreaux

Twitter: @mdecoudreaux


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