"Just thinking about how hard I have worked along side my family and see what hard work can do is exactly what keeps me inspired to pursue my dreams of being a photographer and videographer."
Name: Emilio Godinez
Location: West Hollywood, CA, United States
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About: I grew up travelling the country with my parents working at all sorts of different music festivals and concerts ever since I was very young and well into my adult life. Being at the events and socialising with all the camera crew and event/ artist photographers were what initially inspired me to get into the art of photography. Being around musicians all the time desensitized me to being starstruck and made me see anyone and everyone as a regular person, but seeing that same normal person be transformed into a rockstar or dazzling model through the act of being photographed is what truly made me realize that with time and effort, I could apply my own developed photography skills to anyone that I meet and turn them into that stunning persona that is so hard to capture in just everyday life.
Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?: I am a college student who travels during the summer, my summer travels consist of half the summer touring around the United States working at music festivals and concerts, and the other half has consisted of living in Spain, but flying to many different western European countries to get a feel for the different cultures and environments. My passion in life is to challenge myself, i am always looking for a challenge that will help me learn something new in life, using a camera is not the challenging part to me, but having my work be up there with all the other great photographers is the real challenge that I am enjoying, so as long as there are great photographers around, I will passionately aspire to be there next to them.
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?: My inspiration in life has always been my Mother and Father; I was Born when my mother was 21 years old, my older brother when she was just 19, our father was only a few years older than her. Early in life, we all lived in one bedroom in my grandmothers house while my dad hustled and put all his energy into building a business of his own with the help of my mother, by the time I was going to high school, the family business had grown so big through the hard work of everyone in the family that we moved out into a countryside house on a large piece of property, which could not have been obtained without the work ethic and morals that were pushed into me by my parents. Just thinking about how hard I have worked along side my family and see what hard work can do is exactly what keeps me inspired to pursue my dreams of being a photographer and videographer.
What is your aspiration in life?: My aspiration in life is to continue my work as a photographer and reach into the fields of videography, and be a part of something big in life with my works. I want my works to serve as an inspiration to others and anyone who sees it, whether it just be giving somebody an idea for a picture they want to take, or a place they want to see, to even inspiring someone else to pick up a camera and learn how to use it outside of taking a selfie in the bathroom.
What is the most challenging part of your profession?: Traveling the states working with my family business has never been a walk on the beach type job, it consisted of long hours of driving back and forth between states, heavy lifting in warehouses and stocking vans with cargo and merchandise, and running around all day at the events rushing around, and even forgetting to eat all day. With all the difficulties, there was beauty in it, life driving through the desert at night and seeing all the stars or catching a meteor shower during the night.
We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.: I take all work situations and experiences as a learning opportunity; I have never once been in a scenario where I have wished I acted differently, instead I would evaluate the situation and know how to handle it better in the future. Sure I have gotten into disagreements with colleagues or people ahead of me in the work area, but it has never left me in an angry mood or funk.
When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritising your customers’ needs?: A customer's needs are subjective to the situation at hand; I do not believe in special treatment for one party that would leave the other hurt or at an unfair advantage. That being said, when working with a large number of customers, communication is vital. I will do my part to communicate with everyone and ensure that order is kept and work is a smooth flowing process.
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.: Working at concerts and Music festivals have always been very strategy based, planning out driving routes to make sure I make to the next city with my crew, and working hard to tear down a certain set up within a limited amount of time to ensure enough time to drive and sleep enough hours to be fully functional the next morning, and even strategizing when the best time to schedule bathroom breaks during the slow times of festivals for colleagues working with me are all smaller parts of the wide array of different strategies needed to fully operate all summer traveling the states at these concerts and festivals.
Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.: At one event that I attended in the state of Iowa roughly 3 years ago, the music festival was held on a large empty farm field, all the concert goers and vendors and even musicians had to rough the dry weather and dust storms coming every hour and layering everyone in dirt, so many people complained about it saying it was a horrible experience, after the event I was casually talking to the main event coordinator and suggested that they rented water trucks and sprayed down the fields to reduce the dust the next year, he did not have it, but after telling him that I have been in this situation before and that there are cost efficient ways of doing it, I finally convinced him to try it for the next year, he reluctantly did, and it improved the conditions there for everybody. He came back the following year and personally thanked me and told me that he would keep doing that and asked for any other ideas that I had that could improve the quality of the event.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.: My proudest accomplishment was when I was 16 years old and got put in charge of managing a sales booth set up at a rodeo all by myself, i had to manage this booth for a week straight and did so well that i was welcomed back to that rodeo every year since, although that was a while ago, that was when I realized that I was capable of working as an adult and it opened up so many more work opportunities for me as a young teenager while most other people I knew my age was nowhere near ready for that sort of opportunity. I look back at that event as the start of my drive for business and integrating it into my developing passion for challenging myself with real world situations.
How old do you have to be before it can be said you died of old age?: Old age. Thats a tough one for me, I've met tonnes of people who make age complicated to me, I have met 40-year-olds who act like they are old withered 80-year-olds, and I've met 80-year-olds who act just as young and sassy as their teenage grand daughters. I believe old age is just a state of being, I have always been told I have such a young soul that even when I am old, my eyes will still shine like I'm a little boy getting excited over the tune of an ice cream truck driving around the block.
Do glow-in-the-dark objects stop glowing when somebody turns the lights on?: does a flashlight still work during the daytime?
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?: because we are all supposed to break the rules now and then, just break them enough to enjoy the night, don't ruin the night for others by taking all the candy out of the bowl that says "just take one". Maybe take two. But don't make it obvious.
If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?: two guys are in their car driving up a hill. The car breaks down half way up it. They get out of the car. One man starts pushing the car towards the top of the hill; the other is pulling it towards the top of the hill. They both let go at the same time on accident. it was an uphill battle until they let go of the car, then it was all down hill from there.
Photo Credits: Emilio J Godinez