We had the good fortune of connecting with Donald Huston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donald, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is necessary, but risk is also everywhere. To repeat: -everything- is a risk! Each decision, whether it’s conservative or a greater leap is risking your money, time, or more often opportunity cost to do something else. I feel if you get familiar and comfortable with everything being a risk, it’s a lot easier to process and not experience buyer’s remorse at all levels. My big risk was moving from Cleveland to Atlanta six years ago to dive into the photo and film industries. I was lucky enough to be able to save money to commit a year and get to choose to pivot back to old work up north. Comparatively, the time prior was equivalent to coasting in a “low-risk” line of work that didn’t completely satisfy me. After marginal but promising success, I doubled down year 2 and by now it’s paid off in all parts of my business and my life. I even write this now in the middle of my own feast of work in that feast or famine work life that I find joy in.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am immensely proud of how I’ve found myself to perform under pressure. Across a year, my work can be intensely full of great things to do (or last year where the challenge was to not just persevere but continue learning and growing myself), and whether the shoot has unexpected circumstances or it’s just a long few weeks planned to the maximum, I’m still surprising myself with what elements of “work” can be so enjoyable. A younger me didn’t think there would be joy in putting so much effort into something, and I hope that you find activities that make you feel that same way!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I myself am a tremendous fan of our parks – Arabia Mountain is my favorite. For food, I’d try and point them to the Vortex or Grindhouse for burgers or Ginya Izakaya for some of the best ramen, sushi, and yakisoba I’ve been able to try.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to the production of Star Trek Continues, a web series I crewed for as photo and BTS video. I got in a ton of time shooting with unique and wonderful environments and people, plus I even discovered a lot of visual quirks that I enjoy in photography for my own and others’ work.