We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, what do you attribute your success to?
Building a solid network has been the driving factor in my success. Be friends with everyone, you never know who is going to be a decision maker that can potentially hire you. Im constantly on set surrounded by people from all walks of life. By engaging with them and hopefully exchanging contact info, you stay on that persons radar, and you never know when they might be in a position to hire you, or refer you to someone else.
I did an internship with a very well known celebrity photographer about 5 years ago, and I can confidently say that the majority of people that I work with now are all tied back to him. I cannot stress enough how important it is to build a solid network in whatever field you are in, and leverage that network to help further your growth.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Ive been a commercial photographer for about 9 years now. I spent the first several years shooting mostly live music and developing my style for portrait work, and have been shooting strictly portraiture and commercial work for about 4 years now. A lot of people ask me if I knew I wanted to be a photographer from the get go, and to be honest, I had no idea. I switched majors 3 times and finally settled into photography, not knowing the first thing about where it could take me. It wasnt until I interned with a couple well established photographers that I realized the many avenues that could lead me to success.
Ive mentioned being successful before, and I want to stress this point..I still do not feel as if I have “made” it. I get closer every year and can slowly see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of being a succesful working photographer, but I dont consider myself at that point yet. Its a marathon, not a sprint. Every job brings new challenges to overcome, and success doesn’t happen overnight. There have been multiple failures along the way, and there will surely be more in the future. 9 years into it and Im still figuring out my voice and what sets me apart from others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh boy, if I had a week to show someone cali…
Id start in LA. Lunch at either Salsa and Beer or Los Cincos Puntos. Arguably two of the best mexican restaurants in California (or the US for that matter)
Would definitely have to take a drive up PCH through Malibu, stop for some seafood at Neptunes net, and enjoy a cold brew by the beach. This in my opinion is the most iconic stretch of PCH.
Drive up north, see the Sequoias and do some camping up there. Then continue up North and see a bit of the bay area. Im not a fan of San Francisco for a multitude of reasons, but there are plenty of other places up in that region worth seeing! All of this can be done in a week, while leaving ample time for rest and enjoying the best state there is!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are way too many people to dedicate my success to. All of the photographers who I interned with that gave me a solid foundation, all of the assistants I have worked with and learned the tricks of the trade, all of the people I have met on set that have imparted some wisdom. There is a saying in photo and video production that “It takes a village,” and it could not be more accurate. Im constantly surrounded by like minded individuals that are willing to share their experiences for the betterment of others, and I am immensely grateful for that.