We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Stahl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I developed many new habits to help me keep up with the pace of always working and having to be creative. I believe keeping creative habits keeps the mind sharp, prepared for any circumstance. A big habit I started was pretending every room I’m in is a job location. Scope the area and come up with a shot list. How is the lighting in here? What color pallette am I working with? Where would I place my subject? What is the best lens for this room? Etc. This helped improve my pre planning when I was still unsure how to frame a room. It has also helped my anxiety when I’m uncomfortable in a room. Another habit, I always bring my backpack. Before I leave home determine whether I should bring my backpack. Where I’m headed, is it interesting? Could I potentially capture something worth pulling my camera out for? My backpack always has my camera with 1 or 2 lenses and/or my laptop…..and sour patch kids.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to make videos and photos. I don’t do anything specific, but most of my work has been directed to fitness, portraits, and promos. I have done music videos, real estate, and 1 (and last) wedding video. I’m most excited where my journey is going to go next. Within just this year I went from making free projects for friends to working with big names like Heidi Powell or Self Made Training Facilities. I still work a full time job, but I am always watching youtube or editing during my breaks. From watching youtube I have seen so many different styles that I love trying in my project; keeps my videos/photos always changing and different for each client. Hell no it isn’t easy. You have to grind everyday. This isn’t a typical career you apply for and get trained for a couple weeks. It takes at least a few years of trial and errors to figure out what best works for you and what you like. Failure occurs more than success, but it is the best way to learn. It is a mental test for sure. I always say I like to make dope shit. I make videos and photos I want to make. I want people to know that if they work with me, I care about their opinions and vision. It excites me to see others excited about the end result.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Quick shout out to the boys from Iron Gang Nutrition for giving me a shootout to be a part of this. I have to give my shoutout to my good buddy, Michael Gombert. I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am, and still going, without Mikey. He saw the love and grind I had for my content and has helped me in so many ways in making my passion become a career. Being on his team stepped up my game more than I thought I could have in less than a year. I have so much more to learn, but no worries with Michael in my corner.