We had the good fortune of connecting with Eryc Perez de Tagle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eryc, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is one of the main characters in anyone’s life/career, especially mine. From moving out of my hometown in the Midwest post-college bound for New York City to leaving a secure corporate job in clothing designer for a career as a freelance (not-formally-trained) photographer.

I’ve made some bold choices in my life. Some felt easier than others and some of them saw an immediate pay off… Others not so much. Walking away with your tail between your legs because of a bad decision is the WORST, but also part of the process for most people in some way or another.

Risk taking is knowing just how prepared you are to achieve a goal, and sometimes you just aren’t ready, and that’s OK. So, once you’ve gone through all those feelings of regret or shame, make time to evaluate what you could do differently, knowing that sometimes it means refining the goal.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m now a photographer by way of clothing design which I did for 13 years before I made the transition. I’ve always seen the world through a documentarian’s eye, but years of being in the fashion world give my work a more editorial edge. I want the people I photograph to look confident, comfortable and strong, so connecting and communicating is key, especially with those not comfortable in front of the camera.

Whether I’m documenting events, portraits, my travels or my everyday, photography feels personal to me and to provide that as a service for others to feel that is one of the big factors that drives me and my business.

To get to this point in my career was not easy. Imposter syndrome is real. Learning your value is real. Putting yourself out there in any way is difficult whether it’s networking with industry peers or showcasing your art on social media. But you have to do it. Start with small goals, be open to change, ALWAYS be open to learn. Don’t focus on “making it”, set your sights on doing good work first and foremost. This all might sounds totally obvious, but I have to remind myself these things constantly.

I want to world to know that I know who I am, especially through the work that I do.

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?
I live in Brooklyn, but love spending time out west. Any trip revolves mostly around food. The first stop is always In & Out (animal-style everything), followed by Guisados. For dinner I love Bar Restaurant in Silverlake (the food and cocktails are next level amazing) and Manuela in DTLA (the ability to eat delicious food and be surrounded by art is top-notch). Also, Korean BBQ. I have a lot of family in the area and we love going to Wang Cho.

I’d fill in the times I wasn’t eating with some shopping. I love New High Mart in Los Feliz and checking out the Heath Ceramic Showroom.

The terrain of SoCal is amazing, so I love driving up the coast line, but then turning into the canyon roads for some really spectacular views through nature.

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?
Shoutout to my cousin and fellow photographer Amanda Villarosa (@villa_de_rosa). We both left out corp jobs to pursue a freelance photography career and we both haven’t looked back.

To my dad, who passed away this year and who was always so proud of me and to share my work. I lost a big fan, but his memory keeps me strong.

To all my friends and family who promote me, lift me up, and offer immeasurable amount of support.

Website: www.erycpdt.com

Instagram: @erycpretzeltaco

Image Credits
Photos taken by Eryc Perez de Tagle

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