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Meet Joe Goldberg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Goldberg.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Joe. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an 18-year-old photographer born and raised in Washington, D.C. Since I was 11-years-old, I have been following my passion of traveling the world and capturing my experiences through photography and videography. I have had my work published in Outside Magazine, the Today Show, Playboy Magazine, Fox News and do work with many brands and artists around the world, including Sperry, Swiss Army, Eagle Creek, and numerous international hip hop superstars. I have also been paid to travel to numerous parts of the world shooting for tourism boards including Swiss Tourism and have toured with artists who’ve brought me to places I never would have imagined I’d travel to. I went on tour with rapper Lil Xan when I was 16 years old and took time off school. After meeting Xan and doing a bunch of creative work for him, my work started to be seen by millions. We shot two music videos, Treesap and Watch Me fall. Treesap is at 9.7 Million views right now so it’s really special to have my work almost reach 10 million people’s screens. I’m about to be in LA full time but as of now, I was going back and forth from DC to LA.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My journey hasn’t been the smoothest, there is always struggles when going into a business like this one. I have been used many times due to my age but all of that has taught me to know my worth and not give into things so quickly. At the beginning, it’s great to take free work in exchange for experiences you’ll never forget but at some point, you need to buckle down and understand your worth. I never really take no for an answer. I try and always work stuff out and make the impossible possible. I have been in states with nowhere to stay but I always figure it out. I was told I wasn’t going on tour the night before tour after planning on it for months and telling my school I was leaving for over a month and I wasn’t going to let that happen. I flew to NYC the next day with Lil Xan and the team and slept on the tour bus the whole month, layed low, and captured some of the craziest memories I’ll ever have.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I feel like I’m unique within this game. I like to have my own certain style so when you see the videos and pictures, you know who shot them. I always like to try new techniques and see things from new perspectives. I work non stop and I think that’s what I’m proud of most. I didn’t let these crazy teenage years distract me from my end goal which is to be a legendary filmmaker and photographer. I’m proud that I’ve been able to reach so many people with my work and that I can inspire the youth and have them see that you’re never too young to follow your dreams. People question the way I move through life but I have my own vision that people will maybe understand someday.

What were you like growing up?
I was always goofing off. I loved having a personality and messing around having fun. Growing up in DC with my best friends has been the best thing ever. I have had some of the most amazing memories and seen the most amazing sights, I feel very blessed. I was always getting in trouble in school but that’s cause it was the only way I could get through the day. I really could never find any interest in any subject in school. I was always working though, I’d always be told to close my computer because I’d always be editing, watching videos for inspiration, or just messing around. I’m very close with my family. I do all the photo and video stuff on my own but if it wasn’t for my incredibly supportive family then I wouldn’t be able to be where I’m at today. Same goes with my friends, they always show me love and hype me up when seeing my work and I feed off that energy so that makes me want to go and make even crazier content to blow their minds. I would always be making YouTube videos so you can see what my teenage years were like through that. Joe Goldberg on YouTube to find all of that.

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