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

Hi Patrick, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I view risk taking as a necessary necessity to life. I try to take calculated risk to achieve my goals, and at the end of the day It means that nothing great was ever accomplished without making sacrifices. At one point in time of my life I decided to completely quit my day job and pursue my dream of both film and photography. I knew in that moment that if I hadn’t freed more of my time to dedicate to find clients and getting those freelance jobs, I wouldn’t have a strong portfolio to work with. In doing so that landed me at the time, a great position with Channel 2 as a producer, it gave me a stronger portfolio with the military as a documenter, it gave me plenty of connects to continue doing freelance work and it boosted my confidence to go out and find stories to film. You don’t get results by waiting on the moment. You get them by going out and finding your moment.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Ever since working with channel 2, I like the title I had there. Multi-platform producer. This means to produce content in multiple ways. For me I dabble in graphics, but I excel in film (documentary style) and photography. It’s always a journey in the world of being a content creator because there are a billion other people who are trying and doing the same thing you are! So is it hard? Heck yeah! Especially when you see people who are a million times better than you! I get discourage sometimes! But at least to me, it just motivates me to be better. Be the best I can be. If stay persistent in my goals , then eventually I will too, be among some great content creators. I proud of the fact that I have the courage to be great. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that comfortability is the number one enemy of progress. So if there’s anything I could tell the rest of the world about me is that I am a man who’s ultimately trying to tell a story. I try to bring justice a person’s image or story. My brand is the integrity of me and I’m true to who I am.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend came up to visit me, we would’ve already set up photoshoots! (Thats our thing) But to start off every day; a good breakfast, somewhere new that we both haven’t tried. On the days with no photoshoot, we’d set out for a hike. Talk. Just enjoy each other’s company. On the days with photoshoots, oh man! Getting the gear all packed up. Going over techniques and styles. Showing up to the shoot and going in! Lunch either days would just be some cheap spot to snack on. Nothing fast food per say but still rather quick. If a good movie is out, we’ll go to the movies. Have a really open discussion on why the movie was either good or bad. Maybe we both go together to see another friend. Make it a party! Dinner would be nice local spots to just sit down, relax and eat. I say being in Atlanta could be really fun but, you’ll just have to get lost in the drive. Some times just simply site seeing through rich neighborhoods is enough for me to enjoy my day! I try to stray away from all the tourist stuff just because that stuff gets old quick.

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?
Hands down Shoutout to my wife for being the shoulder to cry on when I felt as though I should’ve just given up. There are plenty of people out there who have given me the wisdom and support I’ve needed to achieve my goals, but Ivory (my wife) was there when I needed to release the negative emotions from my mind. She helped bring the balance I feel any entrepreneur needs to be truly successful.

Website: iampath.net

Instagram: path__photography

Image Credits
photo 1: Jeep Model Dayra (IG: @thedayraduh) photo 2: Red Chair Model Aliah (IG: @_aliahjames_) photo 3: Mother Earth Model (IG: @meekdaone_) photo 4: Levitate Model Sele (IG: @selepichniy)

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