We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think taking risks no matter how small or big can be scary, however, necessary to be successful. I had a very secure job and was making good money, but I was miserable. Having that sense of financial security also made it really hard for me to pursue my dreams because I would always be told it would never be enough to support myself and what I was doing at the time was more than enough. But I finally decided to trust and believe in myself more, quit my job, and started my journey as a freelancer. I don’t make nearly as much as what I did with my old job, but I am starting to get more recognition and busier; the most important thing is, I’m very content with my decision and enjoying what I do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I try to stay versatile and shoot different things and also have my style of editing, which I believe makes me stand out a little bit more – I first started with street photography, then started doing portraits, cars, product, fashion, and even started getting into videography. I’m excited to just keep on growing and learning new things, and hopefully to work with more local brands so we can grow the community together! I got to where I am today by always getting back up no matter how hard or deep I fall. Overlooking failure after failure and people telling you to just give up, it was so hard I wanted to give up at one point. But this is something I’m genuinely passionate about, and probably the one of the only things I’m this passionate about, so I couldn’t give up. You just have to ask yourself how badly you want it, and from there it’s pretty simple.
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.
I would probably take them to DC, almost anywhere and everywhere in that city has a decent bar and restaurant! H St. NE has a few cute spots I would probably take them to, such as Copy Cat or Maketto.
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?
A huge shoutout to my grandparents for always believing in anything I decide to do, and cheering me on constantly. They’ve never questioned my choices and always trusted that I knew what I was doing (even though sometimes I really didn’t). They raised me to be the woman I am today, and I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without them. Another person I’d love to shoutout is David Le – I met him a few years ago and he’s been nothing but kind to me and helping me constantly grow as an artist, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without him as well!
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