INTERVIEW: BRANDON HART

Posted on July 21, 2011

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Brandon Hart is a talent hailing from West Vancouver and has recently dedicated his passionate personality to photography. It has only been a short while since he has been doing photography as a full time gig but Brandon has been making strides and producing some amazing work. We sat down with Brandon to discuss acting, photography and the importance of getting fucking good.

What inspired you to become a photographer?
I think a number of things inspired me to become a photographer. I have been obsessed with movies for a long time now, and over the years I have realized that one day I would really love to direct film. I’ve acted professionally for the past four years, but I had never been on the other side of the lens. When I first picked up a camera, I figured it was a great way to start seeing things in a new way.

How has being an actor influenced your photography?
Being an actor has greatly influenced my photography on every level. Becoming an actor started my passion for film. Acting has given me the tools to communicate with my subjects in a way that I think they understand the story I am trying to portray; story is everything in my work, and acting is story.

What has been the most memorable assignment and why?
Every photoshoot possesses its own challenges, and it’s those challenges that I relish. I think the most fun I’ve had in a shoot was when I photographed a male muse of mine, Mark Ghanime. I had him come in a suit with a pocket square; he is a pretty suave looking guy. I am a strong believer in preparation, but this time I wanted to see what I could do on the spot. I rigged together a complicated light setup and created a simple story for him to focus on. I feel I really nailed the harmony and the photographs came out beautifully.

If you could shoot anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Oh man…I would travel back in time to the 60’s and shoot Faye Dunaway. That woman is just the epitome of beauty. She is powerful, yet has so much feminine charm. She is the perfect harmony of power and beauty. I might even have a wedding ring on the other side of my camera and see what happens.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I think I am most proud of the fact that from the second I told myself I was going to become a photographer, I never believed for a second that I couldn’t do it.

What is your approach to branding, marketing and building your business?
From the first day I got my camera, my mindset has always been to “get really good.” Growing up, my dad always told me “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Whenever I tell him about the marketing ideas I have he tells me to shut-up and get good. I listen to him because he is damn good at what he does; I look up to him a lot. To try to answer the question, I think branding starts to tell its own story when you actually develop your own style and know what you’re doing. I started a business at the same time I was learning what the hell I was doing, so it’s been an interesting journey. Once you have that, just go for it. Facebook, Twitter, website, networking, events, contests, flyers, postcards, meetings, emails, etc – do what you gotta do to get her done and make it happen. Steve Jobs said it best: don’t focus of being different, focus on being better.

What are some initial business challenges you have had so far?
The second you think you are pretty good, you fall down. Getting up, learning from my mistakes, and getting better has given me the most joy and has factored in any achievements I may have had as of yet.

What do you think entrepreneurs need to know to increase their chance of success?
Get fucking good.

Advice for the up and coming?
Believe in yourself. You are a self-fulfilling prophecy; if you believe you can do something and have a vision, it will happen. I believe the world works that way because if it didn’t, what would be the point of being here? Fill your mind with positive inventory and learn from your mistakes. I really believe in something I call the accumulation of life – believe that everything you have done thus far has led to where you are today, and everything you do today will accumulate to where you are tomorrow. To break that down, it basically means that everything you have ever done gives you the skill-sets for whatever you set out to do. If you do not know what to do, do something…anything, and that will lead to something tomorrow.

To find out more about Brandon and see the rest of his work go to http://www.brandon-hart.com/. To connect with him go to his Facebook and Twitter.

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