We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Gharib and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson that I’ve learned in in my career is having patience. Being a cinematographer takes a listening ear, where you have to communicate with your director and other department heads. Every single set you step on will have 1 or 2 fires for the most part. Having patience not only settles you down, but everyone around you. You have to step up and work with the blows. Remember we are not doing surgery we’re making movies and nothing is that serious where we have to freak out to get a point across. I believe we all have to stay humble in this field, because even with the highlights of your career, it can all go in an instant. We all can learn from others whether you’re an ASC Cinematographer or non union DP just getting started. Everyone has a roll and no one is more important than the other. We all come on set with one purpose and all have the same end result. So be kind to others and have patience to overcome/solve problems.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I went through a tough time and in that time I created this Brand “In My Element” ( Being in your Zone). I grew up in a small town called Belvidere outside of Rockford, IL. The population at the time was around 20,000 people. I’ve always had big dreams in music and was hungry for making some noise in my hometown. Fast forward to December 2012 I shot my first music video for an artist in my hometown. From there things took off and I started filming for local artists for $125.00 per video. I started making a name in my hometown, but it wasn’t enough for me. After College I decided to take a chance, pack my Kia Soul and move in with my close friend Will Fleming to Califronia . Me and him hit up every event, show and festival you can imagine. We where young, hungry and inspired with every breath in our body. I started shooting videos for artists, athletes, brands, etc. with just a T3i and my stock 18-50 lens. I meet my good friend (Hassan Khaffaf) during a video I was shooting for Artemus Dolgin, which lead me to meeting Kanye West last year alongside Anthony Cook and James Hatcher. It was a brief moment in my career where I felt that anything was possible and it all happened by having drive and 1 instagram message to lead me to seeing my dreams unfold. It’s easy to give up, it’s harder to keep your vision intact. Drive and creation is what makes us human! Don’t lose sight of your goals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place to eat is Jinya Ramen in Burbank. I know when my buddy Will see’s this article he’ll agree that there Chicken Ramen slaps hard! I suggest visiting Big Bear, Santa Barbara and Lancaster to see the vast difference in the environment and what makes California such a special place.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout Mark Moore for getting me started in this industry. He gave me my first jobs on larger scaled productions where I was able to learn, problem solve and adapt. I consider him a mentor. I also want to shoutout Mark French for teaching me a lot of technical skills that I wouldn’t know otherwise. All of my friends that kept me afloat through difficult times and have helped me build my career is Edgar Aragon, Hunter Gulan, Chris Scholar, and James Bahman. These guys are not only people I work with, but I consider family. I have seen the growth of my friends and it inspires me to give my 100% every time I step on set.