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Conversations with the Inspiring Daniela Salinas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniela Salinas.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The first time I can think of when I took pictures was around the age of 6. My dad used to buy me disposable cameras in bulk that I could take to school or on field trips or to my friends’ houses. I grew up in a very creative household but in a super conservative town which led me to stop pursuing photography. I always felt like I was getting judged for wanting to do something other than what is considered normal there. After high school, I was pretty lost and had no clue what I wanted to do. So, I took a gap year to travel around and forced myself to figure out what is was that made me happy. Music and photography. Eventually, I moved back home, worked and saved for a year, then packed my car up and dipped. I’ve been in LA almost a whole year now and it’s been a blessing. The jobs, opportunity, and people I’ve met have been incredible. I consider myself lucky every day to still be here and doing something that makes me happy.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve got to be honest, the road has been bumpy but not as bad as it could’ve been. I consider myself very lucky. Starting out, I came into a group of friends who really pushed for my success as much as their own. Of course, there have been moments of self-doubt and anxiety where I started to compare my journey to other peoples’ and got frustrated or felt like I wasn’t good enough or I was too young. One thing I’ve experienced, as a woman in this industry, is not being taken seriously or sometimes get overlooked. But the best advice I can give someone, particularly young women, starting out is to just go for it. If you feel like anyone doubts you, including yourself, prove them wrong. Work hard and invest time in yourself. Everyone has their own story. Go at your own pace.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I specialize in branding and live photography in music. Branding shoots are great because I can partner up with the artist and really get to know them to create a product that both they and their fan base love. Live photos are a whole different game, but definitely my favorite. Live photography is pretty challenging, I STILL consider myself a newbie. But if you can learn how to capture that ONE moment in the middle of a show, festival, etc. the feeling is so rewarding. My favorite thing after shooting something live is to go look through all the photos right after. You get to re-live the memories made at the shows and it’s the absolute best!

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
So many women have inspired me it’s hard to keep count. I think the most influential woman in my life has been my sister, Ruth. Time and time again she has defied all odds and proven herself. From having a child super young and raising him alone to surviving a life-threatening car crash, and as of recently a brain aneurysm. She faces her struggles head on and kicks them in the ass. She is one of the most respected people at her company and has received endless recognition for her success. She has also been there for me endlessly and throughout one of my darkest times in life, she pushed me DAILY and reminded me how much of a strong woman I was and everything that I was capable of. I will never forget that. Ruth is a boss women.

Another influential woman has been one of my good friends, Indie. Throughout my time here in LA and while I was going through a lot of life changes, she was there. She helped me remember who I was and what I came here to do. She encouraged me to take care of my heart and my head above anything else. She has also pushed for my success like it was her own. She is an incredible artist who gets the struggles of being a female in the industry and is killing it. She’s incredible at what she does and is a great friend to others. Indie is a boss women.

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