Continuing with our pattern of all female creatives for Season 2, photographer/director Emily Maye is our guest on this episode of The Creative Freelancer Podcast. Based in the US, represented worldwide, Emily’s client roster is amazing and includes Adidas, The North Face, Rapha, Lululemon, Whoop, Trek, Tracksmith and the list goes on and on.
One this episode we discuss how an injury changed the trajectory of her career from professional ballet dancer to visual creative. We also discuss how a personal project of the Tour of Utah led to an opportunity to create images for a professional cycling team.
Emily does an amazing job of dropping wisdom throughout the episode and if you are paying attention, they will be of great value in your own career.
A quick shoutout to this episode’s sponsor, Think Tank.
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When you look back on it, it feels like it was quick, everything that happened, but certainly as you’re living it, you feel like you want it to go quicker and you want to take these steps.
But there are certainly the opportunities come out of places that you don’t expect and out of relationships that you form that you don’t expect.
And so the most important thing is to do the best you can with every assignment that you have along the way and try to keep learning from it and to keep pushing yourself in each opportunity that you’ve got, because nobody’s path is going to sort of be the same. “