Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Reyes.
Scott, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Wassup. My name is Scott and I’m a photographer and videographer based in LA. I got started back in 2014, mostly doing iPhone photography, and sharing my work on Tumblr and Instagram.
I was really into urban exploration at the time and grew a following through that sort of content. What was originally a hobby – and coping mechanism to an extent – turned into a career. I had been struggling with homelessness in my early 20s and it was sort of a way to keep myself busy and not get into any trouble.
Since then, I’ve accumulated a number of clients and have worked with brands like Adidas Originals, Mercedes AMG, GoldenVoice, and a number of other brands. I’m currently still freelancing and worked with Warner Brothers Latino.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was not a smooth road. I got screwed over a lot, and didn’t get the pay I probably deserved, but also not knowing copyright infringement laws didn’t help. I don’t have a degree in photography and never had any sort of traditional education for it. People didn’t take me seriously – until they do and sometimes they still don’t.
Sometimes, I perceive it’s because I don’t have a formal education and I don’t know how to articulate my ideas in a “formal” way, for lack of a better description. In retrospect, I can admit I was, and can still be, very amateur, but my desire to succeed makes me persistent.
I struggle with depression, anxiety, and for a time substance abuse so those have been obstacles that have anchored me at times, but I’ve also been responsible for not proactively trying to change my life. I can now say that I’m doing much better, but it is hard when you do not have support around you.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I consult in creative spaces. I can be your photographer, your videographer, a director, or the person who creates the voice for your brand.
Not everyone likes it, but when it works it works it works and I think that’s why people hire me. I can’t say who the brands are though. It’s part of my deal and part of my strategy.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Nothing wrong with doing shit for free.
Nothing wrong with taking an L. Trust me, you will get a W, and when you do just keep going for it. IYKYK, if you don’t you don’t. Nothing wrong with just speaking your mind. That’s why some of these companies pay you anyway. Shit, we gotta eat. Keep your friends tight though, keep a solid group of people who can deliver around you.
And most importantly, as someone once told me: You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.