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Meet Anthony Hinojos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Hinojos.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Eight months ago I was a manager at In N Out Burger. I was extremely depressed because I was chasing money in a career I had no passion for. Photo and video were a part of my life since I was 14 years old. And I was choosing to let that fall to the side of the road. I went against everything inside me that was telling me to choose the safe route and I left In N Out and starting my own agency. I now shoot photos and video for a living.

Please tell us about your art.
The inspiring part about my story isn’t that I shoot photos and videos for a living now. The inspiring part is that I was an extremely depressed low self-esteem person. I was convinced I was going to retire at In N Out. I was convinced there was no way out for me and I didn’t have what it took to have a career that I love.

 I didn’t think I was smart enough, good enough, talented enough. I thought I was going to be in fast food for life. I’m not anti In N Out or anti “honest job”. There is nothing wrong with an honest job. But I am anti-depression. And anti wasted potential. That’s a weight I hate carrying. That’s the message I’d like my art to carry. Whatever keeps you awake at night, whatever your dream life is, it’s possible. And you are the only person standing in your way.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
You have to fail forward and fail fast. Think about this. If you did what you are doing today, every day for the next year, where would you be? Would you still be watching Netflix all day next year? Would you still be avoiding the gym? Would you still be waiting for people to hand you opportunities? Would you still be saying, “ I’ll do it tomorrow.”? There is no difference between your artists and Drake. Or you artists a Quentin Tarantino.

With Drake and Quentin, they always had a dream. Just like you and I. And when opportunities came up they took them. Even if they were scared or didn’t feel ready, they took opportunities. Whatever your dream is just know nobody is going to give it to you. You have to give it to yourself. Nobody is coming to save you either. You have to be strong for “you”. And I don’t suggest waiting around for opportunities. I suggest creating opportunities, getting out of your own way (the negative self-talk you may have in your head) and staying out of your comfort zone.

If you have a job opportunity but you don’t feel ready. Maybe someone offered you to display your work somewhere but you’re scared. Or a model wants to shoot photos but you don’t feel confident in your photography skills yet. Do not pass those jobs up. Do not pass those opportunities up. Those are stepping stones that get you closer to the best version of you.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best way to see what I’m up to is on my personal Instagram @innoutmanagerThe website for my agency is www.aikoplus.com The best way to support just follow my Instagram. Everything you need to know will be there.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.aikoplus.com
  • Email: anthony@aikoplus.com
  • Instagram: @innoutmanager

Image Credit:
@georgeisntreal

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