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Meet Adam Gil of Adam Gil Photo and Design

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Gil.

Adam, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My interest in photography and design both stemmed from music. In high school, I was in the “street punk” scene, and band tees from British punk bands were always my thing and owned a huge collection of them. I had no knowledge of graphic design at the time, but I really loved the way they were bold and badass!

Photography came in my later teen years; I was obsessed with live music photography. At first, I loved the look of flash photography at concerts and/or dance events – those softly-lit, but edgy style shots of both the performers and the crowd were so cool to me. Epic moments of a night captured in time. From there my taste and interest in different photography styles developed.

My best friends and I all picked up super cheap digital point and shoot cameras one day, and we’d ride our skateboards/bikes around photographing the city, cars, each other, etc. Just playing with all kinds of lighting and hoping for a cool capture. We knew nothing of camera settings! LOL!

After high school I found myself shooting both city events, sports and lifestyle images as a job for a small local magazine. The pay was awful, but that’s where it all started and I am very grateful to have had that opportunity being so inexperienced at the time.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been rough, but fun. I think with any creative career, especially when you are self-taught in a world of degree-bearing competitors, there are self-induced obstacles to overcome. It took me years to feel confident enough to put my work out there, let alone expect to be paid for it. Fear. Fear is the struggle that suffocates so many creatives. Fear of failure, fear of what others will think, and fear of uncertainty. I still struggle with these sometimes.

Another big struggle that really overwhelms so many of us is the financial side of it. Gear costs too much, having to balance multiple retail jobs to support my dream, using low-end gear others laughed at, investing money into something that does not seem to ever pay off. It can get real scary, real fast. You just gotta go. Work with what you have, dive into the deep end without floaties, kick hard, do not look back.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a freelance graphic designer and photographer based in Southern California. I create artwork to provide original web and social media content for awesome people all over.

From apparel companies to travel websites, outdoor brands, public figures, music artists, and beyond. I also design logos, brand identities, apparel, and other creative assets for businesses both big and small, near and far.

What I am most proud of and what sets me apart are the same thing at the moment. That is never allowing myself to be boxed into any creative label.

I am not a portrait photographer; I am not a commercial photographer, I am not a logo designer or a t-shirt designer. I never want to be just any ONE thing. I am a creative with a broad-spectrum and vision, and I’m stoked to get to use the talents I’ve been blessed with in many different ways.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Oh, definitely! LA is amongst the top places in the world to get begin an artistic journey.

I was born and raised in Orange County where we have a lot of beauty, talent, nature, and resources. Everything you could ever need to stay inspired. But LA, well, it’s all of those things with 5 extra shots of espresso! If you really want to get that creatively-wired sensation to get involved with the creative community there. You’ll not only have inspiration oozing out of your ears, but you’ll learn at a really fast pace too!

I am personally way too introverted to play in LA often, but the time I do spend out there really gives me a good creative jolt!

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