Today we’d like to introduce you to Samuel Vickrey.
Hi Samuel, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
As a young lad, I did quite a bit of adventuring and going new places. I grew up camping, white water kayaking, rock climbing, rafting, scuba diving, and many other spontaneous activities. Along the way, I’d always take my mom’s camera and shoot pictures. When I got more extreme in my sports, I started using go pros. Right before college, I was pretty big into the EDM (electronic dance music) scene. I’d go to festivals and record small after movies for my friends and myself since I had the go pros. Little did I know I was playing around with the thing I most love today. After high school, I dumped myself into an auronatical degree and quickly got scared of the large debt id accumulate so I dropped out within six months. Best decision I ever made in my life.
From college, I didn’t know what to do so I started traveling working odd jobs in different states. I worked all kinds of jobs from river guiding, retail, restaurant, ski resort, rock gym, coffee shop, and a few other side gigs. I never had the best of luck with jobs but I looked at it as crossing things off the list of things I’m not going to do for a career. But there are many things I learned during those jobs that have made me what I am today. During this whole time, I carried around a camera bag full of stuff. Half of it I was still learning to use while developing some role models I looked up to on the subject. I always had a camera under my nose but never thought to make it support my life. When I moved to mammoth lakes, I was taken back at some of the shots and footage I was starting to get even though I was still using a jpg. only camera and the GoPro 5.
LOL, I decided I wanted better equipment. This led me to quitting my job at the time. finding an apartment within walking distance of two places of work. (I had no car) Then got those two jobs and worked like a OX for 12 months to save up for better stuff. I got my Canon 6D and everything changed. I started shooting everything until I got a few job offers. One thing led to the next. More equipment was purchase and boom, I started my LLC and 2020 was supposed to hit. Buuuuut Covid took its toll on our industry and I was locked in a house for eight months. A blessing in disguise – I was forced to reckon with creating on my own again with no clientele. In the eight months, I learned so much that would of burned me in my first few months of working professionally. As am still learning today. In my current time, I am still growing Samara Creative, working on personal passions, developing my niches, pursuing the way of a creative and not just a videographer/photographer, and last but not least looking for every ounce of inspiration to keep creating.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I have enjoyed the process, positive and negative. A learning experience is a positive in my book. To sum up a few bumps: being fired having to move no vehicle toxic friends.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Photography and Videography is what I’m currently doing to make a check. I would call those my specialties. I am most proud of being who I am and trying to become who I want to be. I try not to compare myself to other creatives but I will say that I have been developing a method of labeling myself as a creative and artist instead of just a videographer. I would like to be known for my ideas, not my camera skills at the end of the day.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
A simple dm will go a long way. People can support me by just looking at my work!
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.samaracreative.net
- Instagram: samara.creative
- Facebook: Samaracreative
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