Our Interview with Thomas Dang, music photographer on his start, career and process.
Thomas Dang Interview
Q: How did you get started in photography?
A: I started photography a little over a year ago as a hobby, I saved money and bought my first camera and started shooting whatever I could. I’ve always loved graphic design and digital illustrations, so it made the hop into photography a lot easier since I knew how to work the Adobe platforms.
Q: When did you shoot your first show?
A: I shot my first show this year in 2017 at Rolling Loud. I was oblivious to that type of scene but I went in there and did my best. I met a lot of cool people and I am happy that I got to be part of that team!
Q: At what moment did you know you wanted to make photography a career?
A: Photography for me is the smaller picture within the bigger picture, it has taken me so far in my life and I am forever grateful for all the moments I have lived behind the lens. But the bigger picture is a career as a Creative/Art Director. I love every aspect of art and design, so to integrate that into one career would be most fulfilling.
Q: What has been the most testing moment of your photo career?
A: Not knowing what is to come next. I go about everyday without planning what I will do next, and that is how things have been for the past year of doing photography. I never know of what is to come and when it does I just go with the flow. I can’t tell you what is to come up in the next week because I do not know, but I can tell you that I will be creating.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?
A: The people I meet, the places I go, and the things I learn.
Q: Who/what inspires you to create?
A: Everyone who I have crossed paths with in this past year has inspired me in some type of way. When I get messages from someone who tells me that they love my work and that they are inspired by it, that truly pushes me to work even harder because I aspire to inspire.
Q: What advice would you give to those who want to make photography their career?
A: Connections, connections, connections. At the end of the day, you’re not competing against one another. Share your wealth of knowledge and encourage growth for one another. Make friends with people who inspire you and don’t let your ego get in the way of yourself from getting inspired. You never know who you will meet that could be the next person to change your course of direction.
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