We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Carothers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risk is necessary especially in building your own business. Many times I’ve taking a chance on free work and it usually paid off in the long run, Turning free client into gaining the account. You need to build trust with your future client. I also had left a secured job I was at for 12 years to pursue my own path. Taking risks, makes you grow. It puts you in uncomfortable situations and makes you become comfortable with them. You just simply look at life and the opportunities you get and you’re grateful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I’m behind the camera, everything goes away. The buzz of everyday life drowns and it’s just me and the subject. wither its a person, a house or landscape. Capturing that moment in life.. It brings joy to mine. It’s changed my life.
Getting here wasn’t easy, I don’t think it’s easy for anyone. Everyone sacrifices to get where they want to be. I’m thankful and proud that I was able to quit my job to do something I love. I went from not knowing anything about photography to producing and directing music videos, content creating/marketing for a real estate and sharpening my skills along the way. The journey from when I first bought a camera to now is pretty amazing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
on my down time. I like being in nature, go to various hiking trails. Big Horn mine is a cool place. You can actually go into the abandoned mine and explore through it. Bring a bright flashlight and dress warm during the fall – spring. Water flows through it. I also like going to the beach, Malibu – Venice but If I wanna get away Santa Barbara is chill. I also like to go eat and have a few drinks with friends just about anywhere as long as the vibe is right. I don’t really have a favorite spot.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If anyone deserves the biggest shout out its two people. Buzz from Street Approved LA and Chanel West Coast. Buzz started working with me when I ran a clothing brand and started my journey with the photography and videography. He then introduced me to chanel and we’ve been working with each other ever since. Shout Out to everyone who’s booked me and worked with me. Without the support of people who love your vision, you wouldn’t really be anywhere.
Shout out Rima Rafeh and The Rafeh Group, real estate team in Santa Clarita Valley. Torin and the Homies, which is a live performance platform for artists.
All the models….. thank you!!!!!
David Scott Bowles