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Conversations with Brandon Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Lee.

Hi Brandon, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
So when I was younger, I would see my mother taking photos and editing them through the late night. I decided to ask her about the cameras she was using and after that sparked my interest in visual art in middle school. I was an editor in the YouTube community and made small amounts of money but at the time $20 was $100 to me at 13 years old. I enrolled in a broadcasting program at my middle school and continued my desire of creating visual art into the real world with all of my friends at the time! Editing countless skits and episodes made me want to continue my path into high school with sports! I enrolled in the broadcasting class in high school to showcase my skill a little bit more and practice. My specialty in high school was filming field POV edits for the school’s football team and editing them with 3d effects and trending music! It became the thing I was known for! After high school, I continued my passion into the music world. I knew someone that got me into a Sheck Wes show as media and that’s when I knew I loved concert shooting. I continued to shoot friends and clients in San Diego. One day a photographer named John Cannon posted about a 21 Savage Tour and picking a photographer in every city. I entered my name for fun and ended up becoming the photographer for San Diego. I met a few people on the tour staff that introduced me to the people I shoot now! YSL is my main focus, just do to the people I talk to on a day to day basis. Photography brought me some many opportunities and ways to see another side of production.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Definitely not, I have gone through lows and highs throughout. Many times when things are at the lowest something positive happens. The lowest points are my most creative. Old content that I think would have never been good to put out became the best! I have wanted to give up plenty of times but the people around me kept me up and on the path to success.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My work has gone through many style changes. I have improved every time I pick up the camera. I am known for my continuous collage posts and my colors from what I have seen in responses. I don’t think I am very different from everyone else in my mind, I just do my craft and show the world what I have accomplished. I don’t want to be better than everyone, I want to inspire the ones that inspired me one day. My goal is to provide the best visual of history in the making and share it to those that don’t have the insanely limited opportunities I am grateful to receive.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Risk taking is very important to being successful in the creative world. I had my eyes set on being a paramedic-firefighter in California and having a stable job at Costco. I realized that is not the life I wanted at the time so I dropped out of tuition-free college to pursue content creating in the music industry. At first, I doubted the decision but I knew it would pay off. Glad I had family and friends that supported my at the time “rash” decision.

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