What advice would you give to a young creative wanting to get into the same line of work?
At university level, get to know the person sitting next to you. They’re going to be doing something alongside you in the industry. Learn how they want to work from the beginning and build those relationships.
Then, in terms of getting into work, for me production was a good way of figuring out what I wanted to do – even though I wasn’t very good at it! You get to see the project from beginning to end, and just being in the environment is really insightful.
And do you have any tips for emerging photographers?
There are some really good competitions now for emerging talent. JW Anderson has one [‘Your picture/Our future’], and they ended up choosing three winners, because the level of talent was so high – it’s given exposure to a lot of people.
I also think it’s good to cold-email people. I have the ultimate fear that I might miss the best undiscovered photographer in the entire world if I don’t look at all my emails. And everyone likes being asked for advice – not necessarily just saying, “ I love your magazine, can I come and show you my work?” but, “I’d love your opinion.” It’s important to send work and have that back-and-forth while you’re developing. Being a photographer can be lonely.
Also, assisting someone is so valuable to get their insight and advice. It’s not just the technical side, it’s also learning about interaction with clients – that’s half the job.
Top image by Chadwick Tyler for AnOther Magazine.