We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Gas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I’ve heard this saying: “The amateur waits for fear to disappear, the pro knows this will never happen and therefore starts anyway.” For me it means that you’ll be ready whenever you actually start. Don’t wait for the right conditions, or right weather. If you want progress there will always be fear, because there will always be something new. That’s pretty much how I work, I always fear and it never get’s too comfortable, probably because I always evolve in my work, and there is still so much to learn; but I never let fear to conquer me and stop me from doing what I love.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It all started when I moved to USA. I’m originally from Minsk, Belarus. I moved here with my family when I was almost 21, it was the first time I went oversees, and I couldn’t just keep everything that I saw all to myself, so I picked up my first camera from the world’s famous online marketplace and started filming and photographing everything I saw here, so I could share it with my friends in Belarus. That’s when I realized that it’s my language. Being in a weird timezone with my close friends, it is a night there while it’s a day here, and vice versa. Just starting learning English and another culture was really challenging, and videography was an easy way to overcome homesickness. It was a tool to find my place in the new country.
In just the first year I’ve traveled the whole west coast, sometimes alone, while filming everything with my camera. At first it was just a hobby, in a year or so I realized that I really love it and can actually make money, since people started telling me that they would pay me to shoot videos for them. And I started doing everything, from weddings to music videos and tv interviews and more.
Shout out to incredible community of actors and producers in Seattle, with their help I could build my photography portfolio, I’ve done a lot of free shoots that paid out with recognition and contracts with big companies. Still can’t believe how far I’ve come, and love this journey where I’ve met so many talented and inspiring people. I’ve learned that art can help communicate with people even if you barely speak each other’s language.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Seattle you should of course get coffee first, for example at Storyville on Pike Place. Charlotte Restaraunt & Lounge in the evening is great for food and drinks, it’s on a 16th floor and has great views of the town.
If we have more than a day then we’d go overnight hiking to Burroughs Mountain Trail, it’s right next to Rainier and one of my most favorite hikes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely not make it all alone, shoutout to my brother who helped with everything throughout my journey, Arthur Gas.
Diana Gas, Diana Basarab