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Life & Work with Camalae Thomas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Camalae Thomas.

Hi Camalae, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Since birth, I knew I had an affinity for art. In the early years, that manifested in the form of fashion. Searching for clothes on a high school budget while still trying to be more fly than the rest of the school. Fashion seemed like the only real outlet for art at the time. My surroundings and perspective helped shaped that skewed idea. High School had me thinking, my options were limited as I searched for a way to create my identity. “The Jock” (slightly above average athleticism wasn’t enough to make to the NBA) The “Cool guy” (what it took to be the cool guy at the time just felt ingenuine) so I went with the “Smart guy”. All that became important to me is to become successful. Success in my eyes was wealth.

I went to Boston College for finance and ended up working for Banking of America in New York as a financial Analyst. I thought I was on the way to happiness. With each passing year, I become more vested in exploring my affinity for Art. I had just gotten out of a relationship. Got my heart broken. At this point, I felt like I lacked purpose. My career wasn’t bringing me happiness, and the crutch of my relationship was no longer there to distract me and to pretend I was happy. At that point, I knew I needed an outlet, so thought about a camera. Did my research all day and bought my first DSLR camera that same day. It changed my life from that point on.

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?
The road has not been easy. From the point that I made the transition out of finance into Art and Photography, it has been nothing but bumps. I was a self-taught photographer entering an industry where I didn’t really have a connection. I feel as though finding work and consistent income are issues any artist deals with. The biggest issues for me came from a mental perspective. Majority of my life, I was supremely confident in my ability to do anything that I applied myself to. When it came photography, I second-guess everything I did along with my talent every single day. That wavering belief played a factor in my work, productivity, health, etc. Building a sound belief in self is vital to the hardships ahead.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My greatest Artistic Superpower is my creative vision. I will always consider myself as an artist first before a photographer or videographer. The camera functions as my current medium for my creative expression.

Currently, I own Creative x Tendencies LLC, creative umbrella company. Over the years, my career has afforded me amazing opportunities.

– Videographer for (artist)Anderson BLUU world tour – A graphic designer/ comic artist that was a main event for the sneakercon world Tour. Traveled the world (China, Japan, Australia, California, Dallas, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, London) Providing documentary recap on each event.

– Collaboration with Footlocker/Converse – Provided Photo/Video for Converse Summer Lemonade Chucks.

– Collaboration with Diadora – Provided Photo/Video for Red and White Wine Diadora shoes.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
That I am now only tapping into the truest version of my artistry. For so long, I had focus on procuring work over personal projects that resonate with me. My focus now is on me and my work. I am trying to rethinking the idea of what people do with a photo or video.

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All photos taken by Creative x Tendencies

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