We had the good fortune of connecting with Zachary Lefevre and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zachary, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business originally started as Flipside Photo. I made an Instagram under that name after I photographed my first music festival, SnowGlobe 2017, through EDM Identity. I had been writing for EDM Identity for ~3 years before I picked up a camera, but as soon as I did I fell in love with it. I was so ecstatic about my experience as a photographer at a music festival I knew it was something I wanted to make part of my life. Besides falling in love with a new form of expression, the biggest factor that made me want to be a photographer was being able to use my own photos in my articles. I really wanted everything in the article to be mine and I found a lot of photo kits after festivals did not have photos that captured my experience. I’m always looking at the art, side stages, and other random things festivals have to offer. When I was writing my article after the festival, it was hard to find photos of those installations, small artists, or after parties to accompany my writing. Then, because I started taking photos I had to learn how to edit. I got Adobe Creative Suite which allowed me to learn Lightroom and Photoshop. Adobe also came with Premiere and a ton of other software so I started dabbling in videography (shooting and editing). Continuing to diversify my business, I studied to get my Part 107 license to fly drones commercially so I could get paid. At this point, around 2018, I felt I had grown out of Flipside Photo and needed to rebrand so I could continue growing. I wanted to build a business and brand that included more of the services I offered. More importantly, though, I wanted build something with longevity and that I really believed in. After a few months of brainstorming, I came up with Six Degrees Creative. Six Degrees, based on the Six Degrees of Separation, explaining that everyone in the world is connected through no more than six intermediaries and “Creative” because I was becoming more than just a photographer. Six Degrees Creative is all about connection. Connecting, collaborating, and creating. Supporting and growing with one another. I’m really happy I took that first step because it has slowly turned into this! And, it brings me so much joy to work on the things I do. (shout out EDM Identity <3) At Six Degrees Creative, I recently launched my online store where I sell prints, beefed up my blog with a new segment called “Connecting Creatives”, and have started dabbling in single/album artwork. Let’s connect!

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.
There are a lot of challenges, constantly. Time management, how to grow your business, workflow, operations, content, what projects to take on, not having any projects, investments that don’t pay immediately. It’s all part of the process. I think it’s important to stay optimistic. To have a support system and to have the courage to reach out when you need it. To remember to take time for yourself and not let your work consume you. Don’t beat yourself up, get out of your head and your own way, and just start doing what you got to do. Write a list, start with the easiest, and get after it.

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?
There are so many beautiful places to see and fun things to do in San Diego even amidst a pandemic. Ocean Beach is one of my favorite places to hang out. You can walk the pier, get food on Newport, go to Dog Beach, walk Sunset Cliffs, or explore the tide pools at low tide. And that’s just scratching the surface of the fun you can have in OB! There are also hikes all around San Diego. 3 Sisters is a beautiful hike that has waterfalls at the end and it’s not too difficult. Definitely have to get some ramen. I really like Hiro Nori in Hillcrest. Their pork buns and ramen are insane. If you haven’t had In N Out I’m taking you there, but it’s more for me. 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?
100%. EDM Identity and the man behind it all, Grant Gilmore. He really is the starting point. He brought me on as a writer in 2015 and I photographed my first festival in 2017 (SnowGlobe). He just said yes, I’m pretty sure, lol. I had never photographed a festival but got a DSLR from a friend (s/out Gabbie) because I had this revelation of using my own photos in my articles while I was at the pool drinking mimosas (also s/out Kelly and Gabbie). The photos weren’t the best from SnowGlobe 2017, but the feeling I had from it was everything. Looking back, those were the 2 biggest catalysts for how I got to where I am today. I am very grateful <3

And, of course, my family, who are constantly boosting me up with love and support. In my good moments, but especially in my moments of self-doubt. Love you mom, dad, Johnny and Aaron.

Website: https://www.sixdegreescr.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sixdegreescreative/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zdlefevre/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sixdegreescreative/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ8OozMz38DpGbxkHUhE5zQ

Other: https://edmidentity.com/author/zacharyl/

Image Credits
Alexis Hubbard, for the portrait of me. I took and created all the others.

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