Today we’d like to introduce you to Dom Wise.
Dom, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began shooting at the beginning of 2014. I started out in my hometown of Boston asking friends to shoot with me. Once I got better, I started asking local models through Instagram to shoot. With every shoot, I was getting better. I visited LA for a month to work on music and network. I got invited to shoot BTS at the Arsenic Magazine mansion & that’s where I met a bunch of cool people in the LA area.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s a bumpy one, like every road is initially. I started out doing it for fun mostly. Only challenges were that of learning a new skill. If you’re genuine with anything you do, and the work shows for it, people will naturally gravitate toward that. Although it’s frustrating when people don’t want to pay cash for a quality shoot.
When you look back, what are you most proud of?
The proudest moments of my career have been being invited to shoot in the Arsenic Mansion and being featured on their website and Instagram. From there, I made extensive connections and opportunities have presented themselves. Just work hard and be true to yourself/craft and people will take notice.
Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
Life is truly filled with ups and downs. Sometimes you will feel on top of the world and other times you will feel the weight of the world on you. My whole life has been filled with struggle, so I’ve had to struggle a lot. But you will always come out of it, so long as you keep moving. If you feel like you won’t be able to make it, then you won’t. If you realize you’re struggling, then figure out ways to overcome it and then EXECUTE. The only way out of a downward spiral is to go up.
Is there something we can do as a city to improve the outlook for professionals like you?
Los Angeles is a special place. A very particular place. I am from Boston, so I started my career naturally, as a hobby. I had my own artistic vision, and people around me gravitated towards it. That reach eventually extended all the way out to LA, and I was fortunate to dip into the scene. I recommend new artists to start out with whatever they have around them. Hone your skill. You can NOT just go to LA and expect a miracle to happen. You need to work for what you want. LA isn’t very inclusive, so you need to have something to show for.
- $150/hr for basic portrait shoot
- $300/hr for headshots
- $400 min for videography. Based on Clients Budget. Contact for details.
- Individual Pricing Based on Clients Budget. Contact for details.
- Website: www.DomWise.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @DomWisePhoto @DomOfTheYear