Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography and videography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Marcus Hessenberg, Founder of Marcus Hessenberg Photography, located in London, Greater London, UK.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a photographer and filmmaker based in South London. I work with both editorial fashion and documentary filmmaking; however, I work with many commercial clients, too - it's quite a range of different projects.
Tell us about yourself
I studied art at university, and I've always had a need to create work. I've moved about from filmmaking to photography, and so both have become strands of my work. One day I can be filming a documentary about Chasidic Jewish life in New York; the next, I can be doing a fashion editorial shoot. I don't like to stick to one thing as I like variation in my life. The way I see it, I document people. Different people are doing different things.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I have a video that has almost 1 million views on YouTube. It's nice to have something which has been seen by so many people and which I am proud of - I've had some jobs with large views previously, but this project was my baby. Generally, I'm proud that so far, I get paid to do something I enjoy.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Juggling lots of different projects and making sure you have time to work on your own projects at the same time. I always feel the need to work on my own ideas, so it can mean I am always working on something. When you do have time to rest, it feels wrong.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Choose something you love - you're going to spend a lot of time doing it and organising it.
- Be prepared to do the less fun stuff - the accounts, organisation, etc.
- The riskier moments are the times that launch you further - the big expensive equipment you need to get can be the making of you if it makes you work harder and it improves your work.
Where can people find you and your business?
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