We had the good fortune of connecting with Angel Osorio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angel, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I don’t think I pursued creativity, so to. speak. It felt more like a tug, or a way to express what words couldn’t alone. I always did something creative growing up. Whether playing guitar or animation. I was really into writing poems at one point too. Photography for me just kinda happened. I started in church for events. That lead a lot of people reaching out to me for weddings. I then started practicing portraits with friends for fun. in random places. Eventually the auction, Abell Auction, I worked at as a mover noticed my photography and was in need of a new photographer so they gave me a shot. I ended up helping run all their social media and photographing all these crazy antiques and paintings to eventually running the website and training another photographer to do what I did. Now i’m a photographer for Miss Lola, a women’s fashion boutique in LA. I started there as an editor and works my way into all types of different photography there, as well as training other creatives. I also do freelance on various work through my IG @angeljosorio and help artist create compelling content for their social media platforms and websites. I just started doing music videos recently and I work with multiple creatives now to get ideas done. All those collabs over the years have grown my network to be able to make ideas happen. Creativity wasn’t so much as a career move for me. I really was just doing whatever tickled my curiosity. People just started to notice my photography and pay me for it, so I ran with it. People are paying me to do other creative projects now too and it all started with me doing it first for fun.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Im a Full Time Photographer at Miss Lola, a women’s Fashion boutique based in LA. I also do my own freelance work on my own time. It’s actually pretty crazy how I ended up working here. Years ago, when they were called Lolas Shoetique, They posted on their IG stories that they were looking for a photographer and wanted people to submit their work. Out of about 500 photographers that submitted, I was top 10! At the time I was still working for the auction. And on the day of my interview, Abells ended up sending me to San Diego to pick up some antiques, I wasn’t a photographer there yet, so I missed my interview and they never called me back. Years later a friend of mine ended up working there and got me a job at the now called Miss Lola. My ability to problem solve and figure out the overall vision of my clients is definitely my greatest asset. For my freelance work I really believe in finding super talented people and figuring out ways to push them. Whether that’s with a photoshoot to boost their perception of themselves or talk things out and really figuring out what they’re trying to do and how I can connect those dots for them. Im obsessed with being what I never had.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Im definitely a nature person. You know im planning a trip to Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Malibu, Sequoia, or. some dope hikes nearby. For food we’re definitely hitting up Al. & Beas in Boyle heights or. Belizean Paradise in LA.
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?
There are so many people I can’t even think. I was tempted to name everyone who’s ever paid me and invested in me. But this is a shout out series! The last few years I’ve had the pleasure to work with so many creative and talented people. people who have added years of value to me. Seeing these people in their zones and seeing how we all just push our creations into the world really makes everything seem possible around me. Rit$y, spill.rah, GabeTheTrapper, Jas0ff, CraftyJuliee, Averi Firth, Desiree & Brittany Villatoro, Maria Parez, Lola Vee BOOKS! The last 3 years. I’ve been obsessed with audio books. I’ve listened to 81 Titles so far. im really big. on the subconscious mind because of this. I really think people build a philosophy based of off what they here consistently. because that will control what you consistently think about i.e Habits. anyways, Heres my top. 10 for creatives!( no specific order) 1.Making Ideas Happen – Scott Belsky (creator of bechance) 2.Manage Your day to day – Jocelyn k Glei 3.The Tipping Point – Malcom Gladwell 4.The Win Without Pitching Manifesto – Blair Enns 5.How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie 6.Mastery – Robert Greene 7.The Law of Success – Napoleon Hill 8.The Millionaire Booklet – Grant Cardone ( Its Honestly idea provoking) 9.The Power of. Now – Eckhart Tolle 10.The 7 Habits of Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
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