What goes into making a successful career as a photographer and filmmaker, and what is the most challenging part of your job?
There a few things one needs to take into consideration. Firstly, as is the case in any career, you need to be willing to put in long hours of hard work before reaching any sort of “success”. In a generation of instant reward and instant gratification, having this attitude is fairly rare these days. I am only where I am today because of years of hard work.
Another aspect is always being open to learning. In the creative industry, individuals are often too proud to take advice and guidance from others; however, this is never beneficial. One also needs to constantly be learning and trying different things, whether it be through YouTube tutorials, short courses, etc. Having an attitude that is hard-working, always keen to learn, and confident in the technicalities of photography and filmmaking will all lead you to your version of success.
The most challenging part of my job is thinking of new ways to keep growing, reach bigger clients and ultimately get bigger projects. This comes down to the “business” side of things which, as a creative, is more than often the most difficult aspect to navigate.
If someone is planning to start with cinematography, what equipment is essential to making it work?
In my opinion, I don’t feel that there is one piece of equipment that is the “be all, end all”. However, assuming someone has a decent camera body and lens and is looking to take their work to a new level, I would recommend some form of stabiliser whether it be a tripod, monopod, glidecam or gimbal.