Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you do.
SUP , MY NAME IS DERICK G. I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER BASED OUT OF MIAMI…I’M KNOWN FOR MY EXCLUSIVE HIP HOP CONTENT…. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO TRAVEL AND WORK WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN HIP HOP.
Most of us recognize your name / work from most Young Money / Cash Money videos and photos. How did your relationship with Young Money / Cash Money come about?
I HAD SHOT A FEW THINGS FOR YOUNG MONEY CASH MONEY THREW MY PEOPLE OVER AT 305 FILMS AS A BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER FOR THE PRODUCTION COMPANY… I REALLY HOOKED UP WITH CASH MONEY ON THE “MONEY TO BLOW” SHOOT…I TOOK THIS 1 SPECIFIC PICTURE THAT BIRDMAN WANTED TO PRINT FOR HIS HOUSE AND THATS WHAT REALLY STARTED THE BALL ROLLING WITH YMCMB.
What’s a typical day in your life / job like?
EVERYDAY IS DIF. DEPENDS WHO IM TRAVELING WITH OR WHAT CITY I WAKE UP IN, BUT 1 THING IS FOR SURE NO TWO DAYS ARE EVER ALIKE.
How did this type of work interest you and how did you get started?
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVE TAKIN PICS…I WAS THAT KID IN SCHOOL TAKING PICTURES DURING LUNCH AND AT ALL THE FIELDTRIPS AND NO 1 WOULD BRING A CAMERA EVERY 1 WOULD JUST ASK ME FOR DOUBLES….I WENT PRO ABOUT 4 YEARS BACK WHEN I GOT MY 1ST PRO CAM. I HAVENT LOOKED BACK YET…..
How did you get your job? What jobs and experiences have led you to your present position?
I AM SELF EMPLOYED SO I HIRED MYSELF? IF THAT MAKES ANY SENCE…LOL.. IT ALL STARTED WITH MY LOVE FOR CARS…I AM A GEAR HEAD I COME FROM THE CAR CULTURE..I STARTED PROVIDING CUSTOM CARS FOR MUSIC VIDEOS AND MOVIES ABOUT 7 YEARS BACK SO THATS HOW I WOULD GET ON ALL THESE BIG NAME VIDEO SETS…ONCE I GOT MY CAMERA I STARTED TAKING IT TO SET AND GETTING BEHIND THE SCENES PICTURES FOR MY CARS …LONG STORY SHORT I GOT MY REAL EXCLUSIVE BREAK WHEN I HOOKED UP WITH GIL GREEN AFTER THE DJ KHALED “WE TAKING OVER” SET AND SENT HIM A FEW PICTURES I TOOK AND HE LOVED THEM AND FROM THEN ON HE JUST KEPT INVITING ME TO ALL HIS SETS.
Can you suggest some ways a student could obtain this necessary experience?
TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENJOY YOUR CAMERA,PUT IT TO USE
What are the most important personal satisfactions and dissatisfactions connected with your occupation? What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging? What do you like and not like about working in this industry?
PERSONAL SATISFACTIONS IS BEING ABLE TO KEEP TESTING MYSELF AND SEEING WHAT ELSE I CAN ACHIVE , PERSONAL DISSATISFACTION IS VERY LITTLE PERSONAL TIME. MOST CHALLENGING IS TAKING PIC,FILMING ,EDITING , TRAVELING, & POSTING IT ONLINE ALL IN A TIMELY MANNER…I AM A 1 MAN ARMY FOR THE MOST PART SO I DO ALOT…24/8
What particular skills or talents are most essential to be effective in your job? How did you learn these skills?
IM SELF TAUGHT…BEST THING I CAN TELL U IS STAY CREATIVE…COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES,DONT BE SCARED TO TRY NEW THINGS.
How is the economy affecting this industry?
I WOULDN’T KNOW
How has your job affected your lifestyle?
.I BARELY HAVE ANY TIME FOR MYSELF BUT I ALREADY FEEL THIS TIME IN MY LIFE IS GOIN TO SET ME UP FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE…IM LEARNING EVERYDAY AND IM MAKNG CONTACTS LEFT AND RIGHT SO MY PLANS ARE ALL COMING TOGETHER SO I SEE IT AS AN INVESTMENT WITH MY TIME.
What abilities or personal qualities do you believe contribute most to success in this field / job?
THE FACT THAT I LOVE WHAT I DO AND I AM VERY FOCUSED.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us Derick. Do you have any last words or shout-outs?
I HAVE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HAS HELP ME GET CLOSER TO MAKING MY DREAMS COME TRUE…ALL MY PEOPLE KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MY LIFE MY MOTHER…SHE HAS ONLY PUSHED ME TO DO BETTER AND FULLY SUPPORTED ME FROM DAY 1.