Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Delgado.
Hi Daniel, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
A few years back, I started traveling the country a bit by myself and I was living in Hawaii when I bought a GoPro to post the occasional fun video. I never actually got a good start on my youtube fame but I did end up falling in love with the craft and wanted to upgrade so I bought a Canon rebel T6 with 2 kit lenses from Walmart and started messing around recording videos. Most of them never saw the light of day but it was still fun to me, but thats all it was… just fun, a hobby. Fast forward 2 or 3 years and Im living in Oregon where I met my wife working as a server. I was looking to buy A canon 80D since ALL the gear I had accumulated in Hawaii had gotten stolen from a friend’s car about a year earlier. Once I had bought my 2nd Canon 80D in Oregon is when I started taking things very seriously, as if I had no other career option… because I didn’t. Me and my then girlfriend moved back to California so I had quit my job in Oregon and never got a new one in California. Now 2 years later I am a full-time freelance filmmaker living a dream I never even knew I had till a few years prior. I am 27 now and didn’t pick up my first camera till I was 22 and in a short 5 years it has changed my life and given me opportunities never before possible to me, I never went to college and I BARELY graduated High School. I say all that to hopefully inspire someone else… it takes time for your goals to be realized and sometimes it doesn’t happen on the first go around or you could be like me and not even have “your dream job” pop up on your radar until later in life and give it a few try’s before it takes any root. Time is your friend.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, not at all smooth! I had spent thousands of dollars on gear while I was living in Hawaii and when I had moved to Oregon a short time later all… and I mean ALL (even my backup camera) my gear got stolen from a friends car so whatever dreams or aspirations I had at that time seemed to be instantly crushed. Even after about a year and a half had passed and I finally was able to get another camera and start building up gear again, me and my wife moved to California in August 2019… Yes, people, I quit my job and pursued a freelance filmmaking career…. during covid! I had about 6 months in our new apartment (that I could barely afford) before the whole world shut down and whatever little work I had gathered up dried up instantly in the same week. I had about $4000 worth of income just call and cancel everything in the same week and honestly it was about 8 months before any REAl work started returning. I never even mentioned any of the regular problems you have with having your own business and craft such as learning the business, practicing on your craft, getting paid very little since your just starting out, figuring how to reach clients, blah..blah..blah. So it was absolutely not smooth for me but that is what gives me confidence now in my career. I’ve always been one to perform best when I’m backed up in a corner with no way out so in a way I’m glad the road isn’t smooth.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a freelance videographer/photographer and I specialize in lifestyle and product content. i work with lots of brands (both new and seasoned) to create their online content for social media, websites, and online advertisements.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
It takes time… Almost every time I had a question for someone like “how did you do that” or someone has that question for me it always seemed to lead back to the same answer no matter who was answering it…. time… things take time and consistency to grow.
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- Website: www.djdfotography.com
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