Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolin Schild.
Carolin, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Hamburg, which friends have referred to as the Seattle of Germany due to its similar rainy weather and general progressive, chill vibe. I got into photography at a pretty young age and the city naturally gave me a great backdrop to begin playing with shooting friends and models and whoever was willing to pose for me! As soon as I graduated High School at 18, I began a 2 1/2-year long internship at OTTO Fotostudio. That’s really where I feel I cut my teeth. Photography went from simply being a passionate past time to something that encompassed most of what I did. From meeting some of my closest friends to being able to visualize some of my biggest dream projects, being at OTTO really solidified that I wanted to pursue photography full time. I had so many great experiences, got to work with all the equipment a photographer could dream of, and created so much work I’m incredibly proud of. I guess I have so many fond memories of it because this was basically the college life for me! It wasn’t long before I found my passion for fashion and lifestyle photography.
Photography, at first for me, was about simply taking pretty pictures. But the more I shot and the more I worked and collaborated with others, the more I realized people are my passion. Interacting with others, collaborating on ideas, revealing parts of people they weren’t aware of, showing them their best side, and capturing those moments. This is what makes me excited and look forward to each project.
In 2015 I got my degree in photography. Don’t know If this degree exists in the States, actually! After graduating, I decided to load my backpack and travel the world for 10 months. It’s the typical grad thing, right? Either way, I hit the road as a pretty pale German and by the time I was done with hiking, camping, and surfing the world, I was so tanned I barely recognized myself. despite some bumps, bruises, and some less than ideal foods abroad, it was an incredible experience for me. During my trip, I ended up in California for a bit, and it wasn’t long before I knew I wanted to live here. Los Angeles immediately felt like home. The vibes, nature, and inspiration just drew me in. Sorry if I’m fan girling over LA, but I’m such a fan. So much so, that I decided to move there. So, I finished my little world trip and somberly booked a flight back to Hamburg.
Back in Hamburg I worked hard to make the big move, so I saved all my money from every shoot I worked. I freelanced, had many connections and many jobs in my hometown. Eventually, in April 2017, I gave away most of my stuff to friends and family, packed 2 suitcases, took the risk and moved to Los Angeles. No more rain! no more grey days! I am still very excited and happy that I live in this special city, the city with the most beautiful and different locations to offer. The best light to work with and so many creative people to collaborate with. I don’t feel my life or my job will ever be boring here, since it brings me to so many interesting, breath taking places and allows me to experience things people usually don’t get to do.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My passion has always been in fashion and editorial photography. My motivation lies in creating something different and unique. I also love shooting and creating simply because something might catch my eye and looks beautiful to me. I’d love nothing more than to look back at my work and be able to say, “Yes, this is beautiful and I hope people will have a positive reaction to it. I just want others to have an emotional reaction to these images.” It’s all about joy and feeling something! It doesn’t matter where it comes from. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, music… In my case, it’s photos.
I create them to make people happy or to make people feel an emotion…maybe to make them think, too. I have my own little story in my head when I’m creating an image, but I hope people can complete or even create their own story in their own mind when they look at it. That’s what it is about, don’t you think? Freedom of interpretation.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
It is always a struggle as freelancer and creative person. The game is all about connecting with the right people, always putting out your best work, and getting your name out there constantly, that it isn’t easy. I’ve been a Los Angeles transplant for about a year now. I received my work visa only half a year ago, and I’m still working on making more connections with the right people, finding new artists to collaborate with, getting my bearings, and getting my name and brand out there.
Back home in Hamburg, I had a support system. I had the support of many established photographers, and the bouncing of ideas from friends and co-workers. We pushed jobs for each other, recommended projects to each other, and had to ability to work for great photographers. But here in LA, It’s a bit different. As I’ve come to realize talking to other LA transplants, it’s a struggle to find your foundation of friends, coworkers, and collaborators. The only people I knew when I moved to LA worked in TV and Films, so it wasn’t really helping my career. I had to start from zero on my own, so I’m glad that I’m where I’m at currently. it’s been tough but worth it!.
Sometimes it gets frustrating, but then you make this one connection, or you meet a particular person, or simply do a shoot that gets recognition which changes a little bit, and before you know it, your work begins to pay off. It’s an incredibly hard journey uprooting your life to a new City (and country!) where English is your 2nd language, but with hard work and not giving up, you’ll eventually make the progress you dreamed of.
Until then, you try to work in different freelance projects, where you find those people who could have this one connection or job for you. For example, I’ve worked on movie set sometimes and offered actors to take their head shots. Or I’ve done Behind the Scenes photography, just to be on set and meet others. It’s not fashion photography, but it is people photography and this is my real passion, to photograph people. This is my first goal, to earn my money with photography, when I reached that goal the next one will be, to make my money off fashion and lifestyle photography. It’s always small steps. have a long-term goal, but set small steps for yourself to always have that sense of accomplishment.
Just always mention what you’re doing. People like creative people and become interested quickly. And someone will know someone else who might need a photographer.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You find my work on my website: www.carolinschild.com or on my Instagram account caro.schild. For any questions or inquires you will find my contact on my homepage as well.
- Website: www.carolinschild.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: caro.schild