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Check Out Jamar Pinkston’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamar Pinkston.

Hi Jamar, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
It all started with the podcast that me and my friend started called ‘The Gender Project.’ We talked about love and relationships, and the channel began to grow to the point where we started a youtube channel. From there, I knew it was time to buy a camera so once I bought a professional one and started viewing the world through a camera lens, I took off and never looked back.

I immediately ditched the podcast and transitioned to a full-time photographer within the next six months. I didn’t wanna leave my podcast partner hanging, though, so I found a way to integrate her into the business by becoming the manager. Having that assistance helped me have time to learn the business and perfect my craft. Now here we are, 2+ years in, and I’ve shot for numerous celebrities, including Dru Hill, Meg The Stallion, Carl Thomas, Murphy Lee, and Anthony Hamilton, just to name a few.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t think any road to success is smooth. Lol, There are plenty of bumps, detours, and ditches you have to go in, in order to know what not to do later on. A few of the struggles I experienced on my journey were: learning how to properly price my photo services, how to structure my business for tax purposes, learning how to do payroll for my manager, and [of course] struggling to learn how to work my cameras.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a full-blown creative! My mind literally just thinks of new ways to do things, build things, and just create things. That also happens to be what I’m known for. Every profession I’ve had has needed a high level of creativity in order to thrive in (Poetry, Barbering, and now Photography).

I am most proud of the fact that I set a goal for myself, and not only have I accomplished that goal, but I superseded it! What sets me apart from others is my attention to detail. I not only study my craft, but I study the things that are relatable to my craft that others wouldn’t think about. For instance, I study business analytics, how to scale a business, understanding people and how they think, the many different types of photography, etc. Studying all those things helps me not just be a good photographer, but a good businessman and overall person.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I’m more of a faith guy rather than luck lol. My faith has played a major role in my life and business. It is because of my faith that I was able to let go of my barbering career of 17 years to focus completely on photography with very little clientele at the time.

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