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Today we’d like to introduce you to Quashaun Wilkins.

Hi Quashaun, 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?
Growing up, I always felt that I had something I was destined for, I could feel that I wanted to work for myself and I wanted to do something that was involved with media.

So when I attended post-secondary education, around my third year which was my junior semester, I kept having conversations with my mother about starting my own business and began to brainstorm the different business ventures that I could invest into. Photography was the first idea to come to my mind, so one day, I decided to get a camera and go out to the lake and take a few pictures.

I went to my favorite spot that had a nice view of this lake that always felt so peaceful to me and I began taking pictures. I then showed them to a few of my friends and they really were pleased with what they saw. I then thought why not try to do a test run with my friends and take pictures of them and see how things will go.

I then began to take samples and practice pictures of my friends using them as models.

I then felt that this was the passion that I have been looking for and what found enjoyment in doing. From that point forward, I decided to grow and expand on my business. Seeing where I am now I never would have thought of myself being a business owner.

I love to do photography and videography as it became one of the best investments I have made in my life.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been as smooth as I would have wanted it to be as there are rough patches in dealing with clients and also gaining rights on where I can film or do photoshoots at.

Sometimes communication can be misunderstood or also have clients that would like to figure out loopholes in a contract that are signed and discussed beforehand.

The biggest struggle would be dealing with technical issues with my equipment at times which is a typical problem to run into but normally there is a way to fix every problem.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As of now, I am currently employed with the STL TV company as a part-time production worker. It is the second media position that I have gotten since I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media Production with a minor in Sports Communication.

I specialize in production work whether it’s broadcasting, directing, or filming. I have helped with producing and starring in multiple shows made by me and my fellow classmates during my time at the University of Central Missouri. I am a media fanatic and have always seen it as one of my strong suits.

I am most proud of getting into media because it help me grow as a person and step out of my comfort zone and really helped me build and connect with a diversity of people. It made me more open to the world from working behind a lens or with a team on producing content.

It has made me become the person that I am today and why I love everything about media! I found something I was very passionate about and took it to the next level in my life.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
For those who want to get into the media business aspect of things, I would tell them it is going to be a challenge first starting out.

But once you continue going and never stop, it will all show in the end result and where it will take you in life. Never quit and always listen to constructive criticism that others offer.

Also to always keep yourself protected business-wise no matter what, make contracts and have people sign agreements and release forms, also business as well.

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