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.