We had the good fortune of connecting with Hunter Cohen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hunter, how do you think about risk?
Honestly, I think risks are a huge part of life. The thoughts that come with them are usually associated with questions similar to “what if it doesn’t work out?” and “is this actually a good idea?”. Once you start to learn how to redirect those question into more positive ones, risk taking gets much easier. The way that I have always viewed taking risks is just go with the flow, trust your instincts and don’t regret anything. The main risks that took place throughout my life thus far, are dropping out of high school, getting my diploma and then dropping out of college 3 months after attending. Making those decisions at such a young age was most definitely scary, but I wouldn’t be where I am today if those risks never took place. Its quite crazy to think about the fact that I escaped my home town and moved to Los Angeles with nothing but a feeling, $700 and all my camera gear. If I never left college, I wouldn’t be able to live here because I would still be attending school, getting caught up in useless student debt.
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.
I am a 20 year old professional photographer and cinematographer from New Jersey, but currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. As of right now, I focus more on creating music videos and working with lots of artists in the music industry to create both photo and videos for them. Personally, I am extremely proud of myself for keeping up the consistent motivation and self discipline throughout these last few years to get to where I am at today. I am most excited about the fact that my craft is a constant learning process because I get to learn new things about it every single day. The journey to where I am today was definitely not an easy one. It involved multiple very scary decisions, as well as being looked at very differently by society in the beginning stages. I think that’s the hardest part of taking a creative path in life, because no one took me seriously at first until I started doing bigger things. Thankfully I had an amazing support system from the start that included my family and some friends! Some of the lessons that I have learned throughout the last few years, are: follow your intuition, take the risk, and just believe in yourself! Those three things are what kept me going through the constant ups and downs. What I would like the world to know about me and my story, is that it hasn’t been overnight success. I have been working on my craft since 13 years old. It’s been 7 years. I read something on instagram the other day and I was really able to relate to it. It said “Unless you’ve known me for the last 5 years, you haven’t seen how hard I’ve worked for myself”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I can’t give away my secrete spots!!!
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?
I would love to give a shout out to my parents Lee & Gayle as well as my older brother Drew for supporting my dreams and for constantly pushing me to my limits. The obvious role they play in my life is more than I could ever ask for. Having a family that supports you and your dreams is truthfully amazing and I am very lucky to be able to say that! I would also like to give The Work Group in Pennsauken, New Jersey a shoutout, as that is where I completed my high school diploma a few months after dropping out of high school. They are truthfully an amazing program and have played a massive part in my life! Last but not least, I thank all of my close friends for the constant support and always having my back though the highest highs and the lowest lows!