We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Campbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I think the biggest thing is to always be kind and leave a good impression. Everyone knows everyone in this business so you want the client to love you and keep asking you back! I always send thank you notes – actually write them and put them in the mail. Nobody does that anymore!! Very good practice is to leave a good impression. Also a lot of times I freelance with a company. When you walk in the door- you are no longer you but you are representing the company you are freelancing with. He professional at all times!! But have fun at the same time!Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me a part from the rest is that I can execute a shoot, fashion show, tv segment from start to finish utilizing all my experience. I select models, photographers, hair/make up, location, clothes, etc. I am kind of a one stop shop! It definitely wasn’t easy but if you are focused and love what you do you will always succeed. I tell people now that if it’s the smallest job or the biggest job – you never have an ego, and you look at the job as it is the most important job of your career. Just keep your head down and do the task at hand!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s tough because there are so many great places to shop, hang out, eat, drink!! I love the outdoors so definitely would take them on a hike. So many to choose from. I like the McDowell mountain trailhead. Maybe take a staycation at the W, Andaz, or Saguaro and lounge by the pool with some margaritas. I live to bargain shop so I would take them to my favorite places to shop – Goodwill, My Sisters Closet, and stores that are only in Arizona. I live happy hour – so probably The Living Room, W, Montauk, The Vig to name a few!Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I used to work at Ford Models in New York. So when I first got here 22 years ago, I contacted Robert Black who at the time owned the Ford Robert Black Agency. He opened a boutique called Fashion and he was so beyond helpful when I first started doing photo shoots here. He always let me use his amazing clothes from the boutique and has taught me so much about the business throughout the years. And he referred me to NBC 12 to do a TV segment, and that was where my tv career began. I have been doing fashion tv segments for years now on ABC15, Fox 10, Channel 3 , ABC The List, AZ Daily Mix….and I am so grateful for that referral because it changed my life. Thanks from the bottom of my heart Robert!