Image Credit: David Munoz
Today we’d like to introduce you to Anel Salgado.
Anel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I like to start my “story” right after high school. I did what everybody I knew at the time was “supposed” to do and was doing. I went to college. I was studying psychology for a couple of years when I found the opportunity to intern for a magazine- Arsenic. I was there another couple years, subconsciously learning about myself, creatively and really in all kinds of ways as the days went by.
From there, I began doing casting work, creating content for Arsenic and models whom which I met through Arsenic, and learning new forms of creative outlets. Shortly after leaving the internship, I was hired as an assistant, allowing me the opportunity to continue creating content and survive in the real world, while simultaneously focusing on my photography.
Today I am 24 years of age. I am a freelance photographer and videographer. I went back to school because I’m a nerd at heart, and I run a business with my partner.
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?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. But I am a firm believer that “nothing good comes easy.” Some of the challenges I’ve faced along the way include staying consistent. Life throws me a lot of curveballs and jumping those hurdles is sometimes difficult for me. Another big one for me is patience and taming my character, learning when to walk away from a disagreement, despite wanting my opinion to be heard. The struggles that come along with being fearless and accepting rejection are two of the main challenges who have molded me into the person I am becoming today.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a freelance photographer and videographer. I also run an online vintage shop with my partner, David. As for my photos, I currently specialize in portrait and lifestyle digital & film photography.
I am proud to be a self-taught photographer and feel satisfied in knowing that this is something I pursed because I really wanted, despite already having started something else.
What sets me apart is that I am able to integrate my work with one another; and that I am able to be doing it with my partner.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is visiting my mom’s side of the family in Guatemala yearly. I can undoubtedly recall my love and interest for travel arousing in those days.
- Website: anelsalgado.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/badbehavior_/
- Other: https://www.depop.com/bestwestvintage/
DeAndre Thebpanya & Olan Prenatt; Deb Never & Marley Camacho for Schon! Magazine Los Angeles, CA Myself & David for BWVTG by Brian Octaviano; Jovanna Kay for High Garden; Myself & David for BWVTG by Brian Octaviano; Alondra for High Garden; Me for Best West Vintage