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Check Out Lauren Albano’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Albano.

Hi Lauren, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always been into creating. When I was younger, I made skit videos with some of my neighborhood friends to videos where I would prank my parents. Some of my old videos are actually still on the internet, but they’re way too embarrassing to reveal. I got into photographer in high school when I took my first photographer class. I remember at first my thoughts on taking the class, somewhat as a joke and thinking that this is just one of those classes I can take that will be easy and fly by fast with little to no work. As time went by I, found myself really starting to enjoy the class. I would go home and pick up my mom’s camera and look up on YouTube everything about the camera. I then started shooting my friend’s and families pictures for fun and eventually never put the camera down. From there, I started up my current YouTube channel that I have now, “Lauren Albano”. On there, I started documenting my life in vlog-style videos.

One of my biggest inspirations for starting my vlog channel was Gary Vaynerchuk. There was this one youtube video I remember him talking about his own journey in helping his father’s wine business and how he documented almost all of it. He could go back in time and relive it all, what worked for the business and what didn’t. He also made it a point that documenting your journey doing anything is some of the most high-value content you can create for yourself and your audience. After hearing that, I was inspired and really doubled down on my documenting whether that be my social life or building my businesses. I learned a lot about being vulnerable on camera and with my audience. I really enjoy sharing my experiences and Images with others. I really enjoy being able to connect with others. Creating is such a positive and fulfilling outlet for me. With creating a medium such as video and photo, it gets perceived and interpreted by everyone that sees it and perceived in different ways. This is one of my favorite things about art but also can be a bad thing. I would find myself almost feeling like an imposter for creating certain videos or images. Sometimes I would have a project with a certain intention but think it didn’t come across that way.

This became one of my biggest struggles for a long time, mentally and I think other artists can relate. Something that helped me with this internal struggle was personal development. I started reading books that helped me become more aware of life in general and it helped me take a step back and knowledge why I create, it’s my passion and fulfills me everyday. Overcoming my negative mindset of worrying about outside forces I can’t control inspired me to share what I learned and help others create a more positive way of thinking. This then leads me to my next venture, my Podcast “Life Uncut”. I created the podcast so I could talk about more mindful topics such as journaling, meditating, and overcoming internal struggles. The podcast is still fairly new but I started interviewing people that inspire me and asking them about their personal journeys in finding their passions. my podcast started during covid lockdown. That year was hard on all of us and we all had to adapt so since I couldn’t go out and shoot video or photos this podcast was my way of fulfilling my passion for creating and connecting with others and trying to provide value. The podcast not only helped others but it helped me tremendously during that hard almost stagnate time. Once things started to clear up with the covid virus, I was also working on my music media company, “Bad Dog Productions”.

Bad Dog Productions is centered around the artists and their process of creating their music. I started working with artists in the Baltimore and DC area, shooting behind the scenes for music videos, shooting interviews, shooting for cover art, mini-documentaries, live stream shows, and most recently starting up a blog that goes more in-depth on the artists as a person and the process and meaning behind their songs. I’ve always been drawn to music, some songs I listen to and can inspire me for my next project. That’s how powerful music is for me so I wanted to dedicate a space for it and that space is now Bad Dog Productions. I met Johnny Vice through creating Bad Dog Productions and was working with him before moving to LA. Moving to LA has always been something I wanted to do and when Johnny brought up the idea that we move out there, I was in. Since then, I’ve continued documenting my journey on my YouTube channel, interviewing new friends on my podcast, and continuing to work with artists with Bad Dog Productions. I have some new projects coming soon that will be focused more on personal development, mindset and other things that have helped me get to where I am today.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s been a rollercoaster ride! As an artist and entrepreneur, some months are busier than others and you never know what will happen next. Finding a healthy balance between work and my mental health has been a struggle. When my head isn’t in the right place, it’s hard for me to create. Once I started taking to better my mental health and overall well-being, I was able to create and stay consistent with it, as well as just enjoying the overall process.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Photographer, Videographer, YouTuber, Podcaster, and mindset advocate. I’m most proud of the community I’ve built over the past several years through my media outlets. My community inspires me and is there to support one another. I think the one thing that sets me apart is when creating any content, I make sure to bring some kind of value to help others create a healthy mindset and lifestyle so they can also find their passion and live a life of their dreams.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Being vulnerable is the biggest characteristic that has helped me become successful.

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Personal photo: Theo Aguirre

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