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Conversations with DJ Harris

Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ Harris.

Hi DJ, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve been an artist my whole life starting drawing since I was a kid with a lot of encouragement and inspiration from my grandpa (grandpa ducky) who was a very talented painter. Being creative expanded over the years past drawing and turning into exploring painting, creating with clay, making movies with friends. Art wasn’t my focal point during middle school and high school but I did take classes throughout and always excelled in them. One class I remember that opened my eyes and expanded my creative pallet was a computer class in 7th grade that introduced me to photoshop and computer animation. We got to design and print our own shirts and that triggered the idea of starting my own clothing brand. An idea that has never left my mind. Alas the cultivation of my creativity took a back seat to athletic pursuits. The itch to pursue creative endeavors never left tho. Through jr college and university, I continued to draw in my spare time dabble with Adobe products and cultivate my creativity. After college, I got a job that ended up with me doing social media that helped continue my growth and lead me to getting a camera. Photography became my obsession and a medium of creativity that I truly enjoy. That passion has continued with the pursuit of a career with photography. For now, it’s a side hustle.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think every creative person can attest to imposter syndrome being a struggle. Breaking into a field like photography in my late 20s has led to feeling like I’m a fake or missed the boat to it actually being something I can do professionally. Luckily I have a good base and people that I look up to in the field that have helped me along the way.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
For my day job, I do social media for The Rinks which is the series of skating facilities owned by the Anaheim Ducks. I do everything from the creation of content (photos, video, graphics and copy) to the day to day of social media sharing and interacting with posts. We have multiple Instagram accounts, multiple Facebook accounts, a YouTube page, Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s a lot to manage but has allowed me to opportunities to grow and expand my skill sets across different avenues of content creation.

What are your plans for the future?
As far as big plans, I would say the biggest is getting my website going and taking a serious approach to freelance opportunities with photography, videography and other forms of content creation. I recently started selling stickers of my artwork so I’d like to see where I can take that as well.

Pricing:

  • $300 per hour for portrait photography sessions

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Dj Harris

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