We had the good fortune of connecting with Dario Griffin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dario, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Pre-Pandemic, my work life balance as an entrepreneur included responsible work times, infused with recharge breaks, personal hobbies, social engagement, and keeping to a schedule that worked for me. In the first few weeks of quarantine, I was excited to use this opportunity to lean into more passion projects and binge watching – which threw my well calculated system off kilter. As I’m beginning to take on remote projects to keep my business afloat, I find that my clients expect more for less because it’s assumed that I’m sitting at home, waiting to serve them. So, how I have I adjusted to these critical times? Understanding balance and boundaries are much more difficult living through a pandemic/race war and I am honestly having a challenging time creating space for myself. However, I realize that my work life balance cannot be the same as before so I am committed to creating work as a result of my daily life experiences. I have invested more into myself and my business during this time, which has brought about a beautiful merger where my life feeds my work and in these uncertain times, the balance of profiting from my life experiences and being able to re-establish boundaries with my clientele is something I am most proud of. If my gas tank is on empty, there is no way I can drive my endeavors or my clientele needs, so I must fill myself with creativity, passion, and energy as fuel so that I can continue to produce favorable results for my business.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I specialize in portrait, advertising, and editorial photography and offer videography services for anything ranging from documentary and live concert format to music videos and editing. I am most proud that my clients are always happy with the overall experience from collaboration to the final product. Like any other passion you’re looking to make lucrative, the road has not been smooth – there are always obstacles along the way; that’s just life! But, the mindset that has always worked for me is to: “Go with the flow, and plan accordingly!” To be honest, no matter how much pre-planning and goal-oriented ambition there is in my equation, I’ve found the business side of things to have been my biggest learning curve. They tell you to charge your worth, and add tax but who wants to put a price on creativity? What they rarely teach you in school is how to manage marketing, clients, billing, backend logistics, and taxes. My brand is fueled by a steadfast work ethic, quality service, and a committed attitude. I love making my clients feel comfortable being their authentic selves as I document their expressions through my lens.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles has such a diverse range of sites to see, and places to grub, and its impossible to hit them all in just a week. However, a few of my favorites include the Angels Point overlook at sunset near Dodger’s stadium, Sip & Sonder in Inglewood for a caffeine boost, Leo’s Taco Truck in Hollywood, Pizzanista in DTLA, the Rose Garden at USC, the little Tiki Bar in Silver Lake, the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo for some live jazz.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people I could name that have been extremely supportive and instrumental to my success. I’m fortunate to have a super supportive family, and a diverse pool of creatives as friends that continually inspire me. But, I have to say in the last few years, the LA jazz scene has been very supportive, and a pleasure to work with.

Website: www.dariogriffin.com
Instagram: @blackmarketartisan