Today we’d like to introduce you to James Hill.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Many years ago, Vernon Jolly, introduced me to the world of commercial photography at Visages. This Los Angeles based company managed the careers of photographers like: Herb Ritts, Sante D’Orazio, Davis Factor, Robert Maxwell and Patric Shaw, just to name a few.
I became obsessed with the beauty this world provided and photography as an art form. Nearly 23 years later, I find myself in Los Angeles, working with a young agency still trying to create beauty for its clientele and keep the art form of photography alive and well, in a world full of content where the craft is misrepresented and often misunderstood.
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t all been smooth. The industry shifted from film to digital. There was a recession. Budgets went down, but the asks maintained or even in some cases went UP. The invention of the iPhone made everyone who has a phone a photographer. Social Media made everyone’s content mean something.
Not to mention the pool of photographers and photography agencies probably jumped 500% over the past 15 years. The pool was smaller so there was more work to go around. Now there aren’t enough jobs for all of the photographers out there.
Fifteen years ago, there was a middle class of photographer, who if they stayed in their lane they could have a great career with a great life. Now, there are the super famous and everyone else. That presents a new challenge that all of us are trying to cope with.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with DLMUS – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are a management company. We manage the careers of our artists, photographers, hair and makeup artists and fashion stylists.
I’m most proud that our company was founded by a woman and she has fought tooth and nail to maintain her company while sticking to her convictions. She’s a woman at the men’s table and for that she deserves a lot of credit.
I’m not really sure what sets us apart from others. We care. It’s not just about what you can do for us. We would like to do something amazing for you as well. We are also not afraid to say we don’t know…. but we will figure it out and do all that is necessary to exceed your expectations.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’ll start with what I like least. TRAFFIC! The traffic has made it perfectly acceptable to be flaky. I’m late because of traffic. That’s a perfectly acceptable excuse in LA.
What do I like best??? It’s openness to idea. No place is open to trying something new like LA. I’m from New York and it’s night and day. New York, likes an idea, but they don’t put too much into it until it’s much more than that. Los Angeles is different. An idea can spark conversation and turn into something so much more.