Help me welcome to the show fashion, advertising and editorial photographer, Mr. Clay Cook. Over a short period of time, Clay has shaped creative projects with brands such as: Livestrong, NFL, Dillard's, Toyota, Red Bull and Vince Camuto. In addition, Mr. Cook has brought to life, worldwide assignments for publications such as USA Today, ESPN, Modern Salon and Inc. Magazine. Clay has over 55k likes on Facebook, 31k followers on Instagram, 10k+ subscribers on YouTube and 2.3k followers on Twitter.
- (01:58 ) How Clay and I met many many years ago doing Myspace redesigns?!
- (06:30 ) Get out of the house - Don't hide behind the camera and hide at your house
- (07:45) Get out and network. It can be the difference between making hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands of dollars on a shoot.
- (08:30) Be unique. Be creative. Everyone has a camera. Everyone is shooting. You have to be really good, be an expert. There's a lot of noise out there. Do something creative. Do something that stands you apart from the rest.
- (9:30) Hiking to top of Mt. Kilimanjaro
- (11:45) Shoot. Shoot a lot. The more you shoot, the more you'll fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. Success is built on foundation of failure. I didn't make any money until I failed, a lot. So the key is really, just to shoot. That's how you will build a niche and find out what you don't want to shoot. Then you'll find what you DO like to shoot and find what is unique to you.
- (13:33) You are your own worst enemy. The only thing that's stopping you is yourself. "The most effective way to do it, is to do it." Amelia Earhart. It's about the hard work and the hustle. It's not about the lighting or the equipment (even though those have a massive roll), anyone can be a success if they have a strong work ethic. It starts with shooting.
- (14:45) Excuses can be detrimental to the progress of anything. Get out there and hustle.
- (15:30) Growth comes from change - the struggle is the catalyst for change.
- (15:45 ) Heroes - Annie Leibovitz - Norman Jean Roy - Miller Mobley - Kristian Schuller - Patrick Demarchelier
- (17:30) Where would we be if we were having this conversation in Louisville? Favorite place to eat?
- (19:45) Strive to level up each year.
- (20: 35) Learn from conversations. Learn from talented people. Easy to consume knowledge by conversations.
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Twitter - twitter.com/ClayCookPhoto
YouTube - youtube.com/ClayCookPhoto
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