Today we’d like to introduce you to Mylene Moore.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Mylene. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was a little girl, I believed I could do anything I wanted as long as I put my mind to it. There were so many things I loved to do and one of them was taking photos on both sides of the camera. I knew when I grew up, I wanted to be a singer, actress, model, photographer, fashion designer, a writer, and a activist. The list could go on but those were my main ones I focused on. I’d say I could do anything, but those were just the ones I’d start with then I’d move on to the other things I wanted to do. I’d do a little of all of them everyday when I was little. I’d draw, I’d sing, I’d write, I’d take pictures. Each career had my heart and I never thought of them as careers just things I’d love to do. I’d watch America’s Next Top Model with my family and we’d laugh and talk about the show, how the photographers would tell the models what kind of look they needed and the models would produce. Sometimes they’d tell them they needed “fierce” and I’d watch as the model would summon her “fierce” side.
Other times it’d be harder for the model to give the look that the photographer wanted and I’d watch as the photographer would walk the model through it. I knew it wasn’t as easy as people thought but I didn’t care, I knew then that that was something I was going to be apart of. As a little girl, I didn’t know that most people choose what side of the camera they want to be on. I know now what I knew then: both sides of the camera are for me. My parents would buy me cameras and I’d take photos of everything, including myself. I’d ask other people to take photos of me with my camera or I’d find other photographers to do photoshoots. It was a hobby that I loved. However, when I was old enough to understand a career I was taught that modeling, singing, acting, and taking photos wasn’t a “real career”. I was taught that a “real career” were things like doctors and lawyers. I was told that every little girl wants to be a singer, model, photographer, actress, or fashion designer when they grow up and only a few girls actually get to become those things. I was told it was “more realistic” to become a doctor or a lawyer.
Because of that, I put my dreams aside and decided I needed to pursue a “realistic career”. I knew I couldn’t be a doctor because I didn’t like blood. I thought I’d be perfect at being a lawyer because I’m very passionate about what I believe in and I’m good at proving a point. From that point on, I knew I was going to go to college to be a lawyer. In high school, we had small schools inside of our high school: School of the Arts, MEHS (Math, Engineering, and Health Services), and LPS (Law and Public Service). You’d think I chose School of the Arts because that’s where my heart was at, but I had to think realistically so I chose Law and Public Service. I started high school in LPS and graduated high school in LPS. After high school, I moved from Sacramento to Pomona to attend Cal Poly Pomona. I chose to major in Political Science which I had an interest in but it still wasn’t where my heart was at. Last August, I was scrolling through my Facebook account and I seen one of my high school friends had purchased a camera. I don’t know what it was but something told me to look up that camera he bought so I looked it up. It was a Sony A6000 and it looked like a pretty nice camera to me so I checked the reviews. I knew I didn’t have the money at the time to afford a $600 camera but something told me to just go for it. Don’t worry about anything just buy the camera, so I bought the camera.
After I received the camera, I started my business but it wasn’t until I was working on my “Every Shade of Black” project that I came to my realization. I worked with many models on my project and I spoke with them and they told me about ways to get into the industry to model and as a photographer. It was at that moment that I realized that I didn’t need to be “discovered” to model or be a photographer and that both are careers not just hobbies. I realized that being a model or photographer is just as much as a career that being a doctor or a lawyer is. I also realized that each one takes a lot of work in its own way. The moral to my story is that you can’t always listen to what other people have to say to you or about you. You can’t care what anybody thinks about you, because if you do you’ll spend your whole life trying to please people and you’ll never be happy. The only person you should worry about pleasing is yourself that is the only way you’ll be happy. When it comes to your career, you definitely can’t choose based off someone else’s opinion or what they want because you’ll spend the rest of your life unhappy and resentful because you’re in a career you don’t want to be in. You have to believe in your own dream. You can always be whoever you want to be as long as you’re willing to put in the time and dedication.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it’s been difficult for me but I’ve always pushed through and overcame. It’s not easy but it’s possible. I’ve had quite a few personal struggles and struggles with my business. My main struggle I’ve had running my business is financial. I started my business using money out of my personal account when I was low on funds. Photography equipment is not cheap. I personally financed my business until I was able to generate revenue from my services. Sometimes you take a loss from running your business, you spend more than you make and you start to question if you made the right decision. I feel like I have no other option because I’m not giving up on my dream. Another problem I faced was I was undercharging or trying to “hook everyone up”. I had to quickly learn that it doesn’t matter if it’s my friend, family, etc. my price must reflect my quality of work and not who is requesting my services. Sometimes you try and you fail and sometimes you try and succeed, but you’ll never succeed if you don’t try. You have to try different things and see what works and what doesn’t work. Everyday I’m still learning through trial and error. It comes with running a business.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about G3tmoorephotos – what should we know?
G3tmoorephotos is my photography business. I took pictures for a very long time as a hobby before I realized I could turn it into a business/career. We offer photography services for models, birthdays, events, weddings, senior portraits, prom photos, kids portraits, etc. G3tmoorephotos provides photography services for models who want to do photoshoots, people who want photos for their birthday, people who’d like to remember the parties that they threw, and people who’d like to capture special moments such as engagements, weddings, proposals, gender reveals, pregnancy announcements, and etc. When I do photoshoots for people I love to see how they transform in my sessions, a lot of times they come in shy of the camera and by the time I’m finished with them they’re really comfortable. I love helping people feel beautiful. I love helping people capture moments they might not have remembered or maybe they might not have even noticed if I didn’t capture it. I love helping people see things from my perspective. I love creating art.
At this time, g3tmoorephotos only offers photography services but I see myself in the future showing off my art in galleries and selling my art. I’m a creative so I’ll always find more ways to show my art off to the world. G3tmoorephotos is currently working on a black culture project called “Every Shade of Black” it’s a photo series and documentary about black history and culture, what it means to be black, what we go through as a culture, the beauty in the arts, but also the ugly things like the killings and the police brutality. G3tmoorephotos is just one of my businesses that I opened under my G3t IT LLC. I created G3T IT as a business (I haven’t launched yet) but also as a movement to “get it” and follow your dreams. That’s where g3tmoorephotos got its name g3t from G3t IT, Moore is my last name, and photos because it’s my photography business. I have many more services and projects coming soon so be on the lookout for G3tmoorephotos and G3t IT.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I’d like to give credit to my husband Robert Moore because he is my supporter, cheerleader, client, and business partner all in one. He’s gave me plenty of pep talks when I didn’t believe in my business and I felt like I made a mistake. He’s taught me a lot about business because he’s a business owner himself. Also, when I was having financial problems he’d invest in my business as well. He’s my Uber driver to most of my shoots. He’s also my business partner with G3t IT LLC. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I’d also like to shout out my friend Chanae French she was one of my first clients for g3tmoorephotos to believe in my business and career as a model. She hired me to do her maternity photos and hired me as a model to her boutique Zay L Collection. I’d like to shout out my sisters Jala Vaughn and Xiana Johnson they’re my personal cheerleaders. I’d also like to shout my sister-in-laws and niece Nicole Moore, Alycia Moore, and Amber Warren. Nicole and Amber were one of my first clients and they always advertise for me when they get the chance. I go to Alycia Moore when I want advice and she advertises for me as well. As well as I’d like to thank my parents for giving me my story, my motivation, and making me realize that I have to live my own dream.
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