Derek's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Crazy Babbling Sunshine

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Atlanta, GA

  • ON DVD:

DEREK BLANKS

Photographer

“There’s always somebody that’s better than you, or more talented, but you can't really live for them and you can’t let that dictate what you do.”

INTERESTS:

Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Passion Determination Exploration Money & Financial Security Talent Education Opportunity Family Planning Struggle Transitions Inspiration Self-Reflection Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

African-American, client, college, confidence, drive, fashion, happy, high school, love, money, opinions, parents, passion, photography, please, respect, strangers, success, work, wrong

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Started off as a graphic designer designing lottery tickets, then did illustrations at a t-shirt embroidery store.
  • His passion was photography; he’d work a 9-to-5 shift then go straight over to the studio to take pictures.
  • He knew that working for someone else wasn’t good for him, so he decided to run with his photography, be his own boss.
  • Says that with his growing popularity comes more criticism, but as long as he still gets fulfillment, he’ll continue making his art.
  • Used to leave his office right at 5 p.m., now that he’s pursuing his passion of photography, is more willing to put in work, stay until he gets the shot.
  • Says that there’s always going to be someone out there whose art is better than yours, but “you can’t let that dictate what you put out there.”
  • Now a very well-known photographer in the world of magazines and print; mostly shoots celebrities.
  • Even though he’s found success, he still says he’s “nowhere near where [he] hopes to be” in five or 10 years.

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