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Meet Hollywood Photographer and Director: Hristo Shindov

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hristo Shindov.

Hristo, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
First works were shooting my musician friends. Then I figured I had to get formal training based on lack of any knowledge and experience. Which led to me traveling from home country Bulgaria to California for a 3 long and heavy years in Brooks institute. Some internships with very famous photographers followed with some serious personal work was executed at the same time. In 2007 after graduation I was picked up by a pretty well-known photo agent and got some pretty cool commercial gigs. It sort of went from there and I have been in this business almost 10 years.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not at all. First years in school were the hardest. As an international student, I had no access to any loans, grant or any sort of financial assistance. And no money to begin with. So I had to work and study simultaneously, which meant 2-3 hours of sleep/day. Later on breaking in the industry was no less of a hard work. On top of it, I had to deal with immigration and naturalization almost every couple years , because of different visa and later green card requirements. All this on top of the normal hustle for work than every other creative freelancer has to deal with.

Have you ever felt like giving up?
Never thought about quitting- never even crossed my mind. Yes , there were several stages in my career with exceptional difficulties. Completing school as a foreigner, continuing trough the naturalization and such were things outside of my control and weren’t easy to deal with. On the photographic side – being in this business is a constant struggle and one needs to learn how to cope with it. It is just the reality of it – a photographer is either really busy or doing nothing and there is a constant uncertainty of the future. Being mentally prepared for that is a key to survival.

What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
It is not really an advice. People come from different backgrounds and everyone is subject to a different set of circumstances. So they need to make their own mistakes and learn from them. Maybe the best idea I can offer is to talk to many others and collect the wisdom that may be applied to their own case…

What are you looking forward to?
I am excited about every project that comes in, as I work in many different fields. I need to be excited in order to do a great job. Otherwise, it becomes just a job and this is the killer of all creativity.

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