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Meet Matt Misisco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Misisco.

Matt, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had an attraction to art and creative expression. When I was a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to participate in a job shadow program with Kim Weston. Working with Kim allowed me to identify photography as my means of self-expression. I went on to study Art History in college and spent my free time working under local professionals, learning everything I could about photography. With the tools I gained working for other photographers, I moved to LA to open my own studio and pursue a career as a commercial photographer. After about six months, I was asked by a friend to photograph his stand up comedy showcase (another passion of mine). It was then that I realized that I wanted to focus on capturing the life, feelings and personas of stand up comedians. Combining my passion of photography with my love of comedy just made sense.

Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth is not an adjective I’d use, no. Starting a business and working independently is tough stuff. Having to financially support myself since 18 meant having to work extremely hard to establish my business as quickly as possible and get to a place where I could ditch the coffee shop job and focus on my photography full time. Patience also isn’t my strong suit and growing an awesome and trusting client base takes time. My clients are all from referrals and I’m now at a place where I get to spend my days being creative and photographing really awesome people, so while it certainly hasn’t been smooth, it continues to be incredibly rewarding. You won’t know what you’re truly capable of unless you have to overcome obstacles along the way, right?

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
When I first started shooting in Los Angeles, I was specializing in commercial, theatrical and corporate headshots. Once I realized I could combine my passion for photography and standup comedy, I started to pursue entertainment portraiture. Currently, I focus on photographing comedians on and off stage. I’ve been on tour with comedians as well as photographed album covers for their comedy specials. I guess you could say I’m known for comedic portraiture. My lighting and backdrops are simple yet they pop and really stand out. I pride myself on my ability to work well with people allowing them to be themselves in front of my camera. It’s so much fun to be able to laugh while working. Pure joy!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love so many things about LA. What I like most is that it’s the best city for a business like mine. Nowhere else in the US are there so many actors and comedians who are itching to create thoughtful, provocative and funny content. There is so much opportunity here and if you work hard and stay creative anything is possible. As for what I like least about LA, well, its similar to what I like about LA. Everyone here is aiming for a similar goal. So lots of competition, but competition brings out the best in us, so it’s not all that bad.

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Profile photo of me by Phillip Van Nostrand

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