We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisette Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisette, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting my own business wasn’t ever something I thought I would do but it somehow made it’s way to me and I am so incredibly grateful that it has. I’ve always been an introvert and the thought of having to interact with clients used to give me an immense amount of anxiety. I really had to push myself to put myself out there in my film and photography and found that I actually love freelancing as well as the idea of working on various projects (once I got over my social fears of course). I realized that the only way to follow your passions is to create opportunities for yourself. I started with doing projects/taking photos for family and friends which then turned into friends of friends and so and so forth which has lead me to where I am now, owning my own business. Its a scary thought to have and run a business especially when I started out 5 years ago at age 20 but it’s important to remember that its never too early or too late to start a passion because you never know where it can lead you! It’s always a risk especially in a creative field saturated with other artists but the beauty of art is that everyone has their own style and look. At the start of my business I had no idea what I was doing but I knew where I wanted to be and as long as you have a path and goals you can only continue to grow.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began my photography journey well before I developed a love for filmmaking as hobby in high school which later lead me to pursue a film degree. In my journey of going to film school I began to train my eye to advance not only my cinematography skills but my photography skills as well. With my expanded knowledge on lighting and composition I established a fluid artistry for creating visually interesting and artistic Imagery for clients and myself. I have gained knowledge and experience as a creator which has blessed me with a few Emmy Awards and nominations as well as working with some incredible artists in the music industry. Its wasn’t always easy as most creative fields are difficult to get into. I found that creatives are often under appreciated and undervalued which only pushed me more to prove that it is possible to make something out of nothing. I’ve learned to have respect for myself and my talents and to never undersell yourself because hard work shouldn’t be brushed of because it to also happens to be art. Photography and film is a passion I continue to pursue and an art form I remain expressing myself through and I would want nothing more to be able to share, capture and tell others’ stories in the only way i know how, art.
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?
There’s a lot more to do in Phoenix and nearby cities than people realize! I would recommend checking out the desert botanical gardens, odysea museum, and Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co for a fun and eventful day and checking out high street for dining and unique atmosphere
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?
My friends and family have all played a role in in my story as well as my wonderful boyfriend who have all encouraged me and continue to support everything I do in not only my career but my life.