Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Frank.
Jason, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Cleveland, OH and came into photography in college. At first, I was a Graphic Design major, but I changed paths once I enrolled in a 35mm black and white film class. The creative process of telling stories through photos appealed to me and I decided to pursue photography. While researching my options, I discovered Hallmark Institute of Photography, which offered a 10-month program where I would complete the same clock hours as a Bachelor’s degree. There, I built a strong technical foundation to move forward in the industry. I graduated with honors and moved to Boston, MA.
In Boston, I began working part-time in the rental department at the camera store, EP Levine. Working there gave me access to professionals across the country and I learned what it would take to build my own career. I also worked on set as a photo assistant and/or digital tech for professional photographers, which taught me invaluable lessons on how to obtain and manage clients and run a business.
Three months after my wife and I were married, she received a career-changing opportunity that meant moving to Los Angeles. It all happened really fast, but LA life has far exceeded my expectations so far.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of the big challenges I have faced was coming to the realization that my hometown and I weren’t a good fit to achieve the goals I was ready to accomplish in my life. Leaving Cleveland was tough in many ways, but every risky chance I have taken in my life has proven well worth it in the end.
Establishing yourself as a freelancer in a new place is a challenge for sure. After graduating and moving to Boston, it took a while to meet people and get consistent work flowing. Moving to LA a few years later felt like starting over in a way. It just takes time to build up to what you want to be doing.
I’ve made a deal with myself to strive to maintain a positive outlook no matter where I am or what the situation. That has helped me overcome any challenges I’ve had.
Jason A. Frank Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I create inspirational portraits and lifestyle images for editorial and commercial clients. I strive to create an environment on set that is relaxed and fun, but professional. I am fascinated with humans and draw energy from meeting new people so every time I step into a photo shoot I am excited about the challenge of the unknown. People have amazing stories of accomplishments and tragedies and I love learning what others are passionate about.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is finding a work/life balance so I can still prioritize time with loved ones. Mostly, I think success comes from being willing to take chances, so I always try to push myself.
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