We had the good fortune of connecting with Tari Segal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tari, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks takes me out of my comfort zone but it is probably one of the most important attributes that has shaped my life and career. I’m always trying to push myself to take chances with my work. It’s what sets you apart from others. You don’t always get the results you want but you learn and develop your talents that way. I keep a list of all the things I was afraid of doing but did anyway to remind me that it’s been worth it.
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.
My job as a cinematographer is to use camera and lighting to interpret and support stories. How we visualize the script and the tools we use is our signature and is what separates us from each other. It definitely took a while to make some solid contacts that lead to more and more work. Starting my career as the digital revolution began had its challenges cause the quality of the digital image was still very poor and LED lighting was nonexistent so shooting independent films was a very trying experience when you didn’t have much financing. However, through those experiences, I’ve developed skills that have really helped me be adaptive and confident in my ability to problem solve. I have a great passion for what I do. I think it’s important to collect as many experiences and memories as you can in life (good/bad). I like being open to the next adventure that awaits.
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’m never in one place too long because of work. One of my favorite things to do is to go to the local art and history museums. I just love the randomness of walking around and discovering things. Same goes for local bars. Currently my favorite place to be (pre-Covid) is NY. Walking around and happening upon a great bistro and sitting up at the bar is the perfect NY day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a lot to my parents for their support. They saw my passion for the arts before I recognized it myself. Having their encouragement from the very beginning and through my entire journey is part of the reason behind my success. I’m very fortunate for that.