Sorry for not posting this last week; I was too moved after having had the opportunity to shoot free headshots for New Yorkers with Special Needs. So much so that I felt I had to write a blog post about it (Heart Shots: Part 2).
Anyway, back to my story. (See Martin's Story Part 1 Here)
So how then did I transition from making movies with my dad's video camera and running a craft stand on the side of the street to running a headshot company?
Well, it all has to do with how my filmmaking passion slowly evolved as I got older.
When I was fourteen, my family moved to Colorado and I began high school. Of course I primarily focused on my studies, trying to get as many A's as possible so I could go to a good college. But I also heard of a school called Warren Tech that offered half day classes on video production. So I decided to take the course during my junior and senior years and it was there that I really refined my skills of videography and decided I wanted to shoot weddings.
So what happened?
Well, a friend of mine recommended me to his sister as a videographer and I offered to shoot their wedding video for a super cheap rate of only $500. They jumped on the opportunity and I shot it for them, and they loved the video and wound up recommending me to all their friends.
Within a few months, I was shooting weddings and events every few weeks. I was a senior in high school. During that time, some people asked if I could do photography, so I bought a camera and taught myself how to shoot wedding photos.
Of course, once I graduated and moved to New York to attend NYU, I lost all my clients because I was no longer living in Colorado. For the first two years or so of college I didn't shoot any events. but I focused all my time on studying film production and refining my directing skills.
However, I still had my digital SLR camera, and I knew many actors who were attending the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Some of them asked me if, as a friend, I would be willing to take a free headshot for them.
Well, I had no idea what I was doing, but I very much enjoyed shooting their headshots and so decided to create a website around headshot photography. I already had one for weddings and events, but I wanted to make one specifically for headshots because I enjoyed shooting them so much and could envision myself as one of New York's top headshot photographers.
I worked on getting my website to show up on Google for about two years, and finally it did, and then I was able to really start building my business.
I love what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything!
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