We had the good fortune of connecting with Lizzy Rollins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lizzy, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Community! The strength of the creative community around me has provided me work when I needed it, outlets for personal projects, and allowed me to feel like I have co-workers in a career path that can be fiercely independent, and sometimes isolating. Having other creatives to talk to about process, work-life balance, financial questions, and all of the stuff that goes into running your creative business has been so amazing. I’m extremely grateful for the creative people around me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My day-to-day is never the same, and I have grown to love that. Some days are totally dedicated to editing, but many days are a mix of emails, edits, planning for future projects, checking in with friends, and getting outside.

I’m really proud of the business I’ve made. If you told me at age 17 that being a freelance photographer would include taxes, bookkeeping, lots of emails, accounting, and managing schedules, I might have shied away from it. But even all of the gritty stuff is fun when you know it’s for you.

In dreaming about the future, my hope for Elizabeth Ervin + Charleston in general, is to give creatives in the city the ability to thrive here. I want to be a part of the industry movement that brings national + global independent brands here, hires people for what they’re worth, extends the reach of story-telling, and provides more jobs in the creative field than we currently do.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Great question! Ideally, it’s late spring or summer in Charleston when the jasmine is blooming and the whole city smells like a bath bomb. We’d start the day with an early morning surf trip to Folly beach, then breakfast at Waffle House. After that, we’re only biking, and stopping at Baba’s for quick bites and aperitif drinks. If it’s feeling really steamy outside, we might head to the Aquarium (not just for kids, I love that place), or The Gibbes Museum. Later, we’re getting fish from Abundant Seafood, and cooking at the house. Our apartment is my favorite place to eat in town 🙂

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It might be corny to say, but my husband, Christopher Rollins, deserves the biggest shoutout. He is the biggest dreamer I know, and someone who knows how to get me out of my own way. He has his own dream of opening up a wine bar in Charleston, and I love when both of us get to work towards our own goals. It’s such a good feeling to have someone on your team.

Website: https://www.elizabethervin.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQehoSQCpdLTrpwYyWWoEw

Image Credits
Talent in image 1 – Michael Mai Talent in image 2 – Quincie Zarie Talent in image 3 – Kyleigh Adorno Talent in image 4 – Darius Smith + Brynn Plummer Talent in image 5 – Al+Em

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