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Meet San Fernando Valley Photographer & Aspiring Filmmaker: Madison Kennedy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Kennedy.

Madison, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Paris, France. I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue my studies. Meanwhile, I was attending classes, I was also running a blog to share my work with my fans & reach new people; my follower’s count grew and I decided to be more active online, on social medias and other photography related websites. I got out of school before the summer, and now I’m a freelance travel photographer who does portraits occasionally. I’m also aspiring to become an independent filmmaker & have been working on a couple experimental short films so far. I spent the summer traveling in Europe and taking pictures that are up for sale on my store, & now I’m in Paris currently writing a script for a movie that I’m hoping to direct when I’m back in L.A.

Has it been a smooth road?
Anything that you have to work hard for, and you know won’t come easily, will rock the path you take to achieve your goals. That doesn’t mean it is a bad thing, as an artist I learn from my experiences, and it is important for me that whatever I’m going through, I will be able to use and put into my work. I’ve mostly struggled to manage all the different things in my life that equally matter, at a pretty young age, and realize how time-consuming my activities were. I’ve always been driven to make my dreams come true, and as my adult life is taking off, I feel opportunities coming along, and that I’m finally capable of handling every project I’m dedicated to.

What are your plans for the future?
My end goal is to become a filmmaker, working independently or in the industry. I have these stories I want to tell, things I think people would not only relate to but perhaps find answers for themselves. It is my biggest dream, but I do not treat it as a fantasy because my ambition is real. I am decided to make it come true. I also want to keep up with my photography activities, it is more than a hobby for me, it’s the first love of my life, what made me want to develop my images into movies.

Let’s go backward a bit – can you tell us about the most trying time in your career?
Definitely, the hardest time for me was moving to Los Angeles on my own, when I was barely out of my teenage years. I didn’t know anything about basic life skills, I had never lived with strangers before (my flatmates). It was a real challenge to adjust from my parents comfortable home in Paris, to this oh so different wonderland that L.A. appeared to be to me. What kept me going is that from the first moment the plane landed at LAX I had a feeling, that this was my home and I made the right choice for my career to come there.

Are there days when you feel like you’ve done everything you wanted to, careerwise – the “I’ve made it” kind of moments?
My first big wow moment was just a few months ago when I sold a photograph of mine. That was a real big deal to me, it meant that someone out there believed in my talent & that they wanted to support my work. After that, I did feel like I made it in a way because close people to me started to consider me as a real photographer, whereas until then they would minimize my work to a hobby. Earning for my craft was proof I wasn’t giving myself such a hard time for nothing. It motivated me to do more.

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© Photography by Madison Kennedy

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