What have been your greatest learnings with making money and supporting yourself as a creative?
Remembering that a person or brand’s visual identity is so valuable, and you need to see your
artwork in the same way. It’s hard; sometimes people think your service isn't worth
anything because you enjoy it, and some people even think they’re doing you a favour by asking
you to work for them for free.
I’m still learning how to say ‘no’ as well, which is super-important. We’re told to take every
opportunity, but It’s tricky, because photography is something that most businesses need, and
pretty much anyone with social media wants. I think it’s about finding balance and knowing the
power you can create.
In terms of making money, you should just focus on the quality of your work and being a
great person to work with. If you keep improving, eventually people will want to work with you, and everything else will
follow. People are sometimes surprised by what I’m doing at my age, but I have honestly spent
all of my energy doing this for at least six years, and I didn’t really earn anything for most of those.
At the moment I don’t need to do any supplementary work, but I probably will, and that’s ok.
How did you go about landing your first clients?
I did (and still do), reach out to people when I think they’re cool and offer to work for free. I think especially in music, everyone is so connected that once you have collaborated with a few people, your name gets around quickly. One project always leads to another.