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INTERN SIGN-OFF

In honor of my time in Los Angeles coming to a close, here is a vintage shot from my first visit to L.A. in 2009 with my best friend Sophie and my connection to all things cool in L.A., the wonderful Jen Jenkins.

It hasn’t rained a single day that I’ve been here and the layer of dust and grime that has accumulated on my car is proof. I usually rely on a freak torrential downpour as a carwash, but no such luck. I knew L.A. had nice weather, but the consistency of the 75 and sunny has been pretty nice for somebody accustomed to soupy Georgia summers.  Besides realizing the validity of the widely discussed weather patterns of this part of the U.S. (Cool discovery, Sarah!), I did learn a lot about this industry and about myself as an almost member of the “real-world.”

This summer I got a taste of what has undoubtedly been the experience of many fresh college grads who start lives in new cities… It’s kind of hard, man. L.A. is a good place to make this transition because, when you’re feeling lonely, you realize that the backdrop of a fantastically sunny day does not quite fit the melodrama of the pity party you’re having in your head. So, you go to the beach, sit outside at a cafe, or stand outside for five minutes before binge watching OITNB, and you end up having a good day.

Up until the moment I graduate in May 2015, my social experience will be facilitated by an environment of like individuals. This doesn’t happen when you leave college. Not everyone is 21 and confused with you. Some are around 31 and confused. Many are a little older and wiser, and everyone, regardless of age or merit, has been seriously into giving me advice. In my short time here, I’ve gotten photography advice, travel advice, job advice, and L.A. advice. Here are some of the highlights from the past couple of months:

“Take lots of photos.” 

Many of us read Outliers. We know the drill. But the importance of repeated practice was stressed even more to me this summer by some of Giant’s finest. Building a portfolio of personal projects, travel photos, whatever else you can get your camera on, is really important when it comes to becoming a successful photographer. Behind every great photo are 1,000s of kind of  lame ones. 

“Traveling is the best thing you can do to gain perspective.”

I did hear this a lot, but I really enjoyed playing it up even more to my parents during my time here. “Hey, Mom/Dad. WOW, you’ve got to hear the great advice So-And-So gave me today…” 

“Sometimes (most of the time) people don’t understand creative careers. And sometimes you just have to go for it.

I got this advice from a lot of people in different forms. Most notably, though, was Danger, the Apple Genius who helped me set up my new iPhone. My old phone took way too long to connect to the cloud, so I ended up hearing all about his post-grad anxiety and the new clothing line he has been working on and is about to launch. After all, an L.A. experience isn’t complete without a complete stranger telling you all about their artistic endeavors. 

“Reacting to unpleasant people doesn’t benefit you. As much as you may want to say something, don’t waste your energy.”

Back-talking teenybopper Sarah is rolling her eyes, slamming her door, and writing a strongly worded diary entry at this one. But I couldn’t agree more. In any job, people will test your limits intensionally or unintentionally. In my time here, I’ve seen some flawless handling of some major sass. Professionalism, son. 

“Don’t be afraid of rejection. You’re not going to please everyone. But be persistent.”

Living in Denmark for a semester, I realized how terribly sensitive Americans can be. And, this summer, I’ve learned that it’s important to not take rejection too personally in this field. (But remember to take success and praise really personally.) 

“L.A. traffic is avoidable if you try.”

I don’t believe this one yet, but it’s a nice thought. I still need to learn the tricks. 

 

I’m so thankful to everyone who has made this summer such a formative experience for me. I’ve really enjoyed meeting Giant’s artists and reps and the other professionals I’ve encountered along the way. I’ve had the chance to get to know some really honest, passionate, and talented folks. Until next time, L.A.

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July 31st, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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EMILY SHUR – FOX – THE MINDY PROJECT

Check out this fresh promo from Emily Shur’s latest shoot for Fox’s Season 3 of The Mindy Project! It’s amazing Emily has been shooting Mindy for nearly a decade now. She’s one of our favorites!

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July 29th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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GIANT ARTISTS – LEBOOK CONNECTIONS SF 2014 – AGENTS COMMUNITY TABLE

This past February, Giant’s very own Jen Jenkins participated in a Community Table at LeBook Connections SF with other leading agents in the photo industry, put together by Brite Productions and Heather Elder Represents. Subjects in the discussion ranged from: the needs and roles a successful commercial photographer must fulfill in order to balance creativity with business, what it takes to inspire an agent, defining usage rights, advances, and even the sensitivities of e-mail blasts. To learn about what it takes to make it in today’s commercial photo world, check out what the pros themselves have to say on the Brite and Elder Blog: (Part 1) and (Part 2). Thanks to everybody involved, we enjoyed being a part of it and look forward to next year!

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July 28th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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GIANT ARTISTS’ SUMMER INTERN – INTERVIEW – DAVID CALDERLEY

Another Giant Artists’ interview from our summer intern, Sarah Wasko:

An early interest in comics has led Giant’s David Calderley to his career in illustration and design. In the second installment of my quickie interviews, we learn a little about David’s inspirations, aspirations, and unfortunate hair-spirations.

Why are you drawn to illustration and design?

I used to love illustration and design work as a kid, firstly with British comics then got hooked on line illustration and typography to complete the picture. Then moving on to make my own cassette tape artworks and fake movie posters!?… Six years in art schools made it personal.

What is your favorite/most memorable illustration of yours and/or of somebody else’s?

Alan Aldridge: Chelsea Girls. Love the collage, mixed media and the overall idea together with killer type.

What did you think you were going to be when you “grew up”?

Astronaut… who liked to draw.

One piece of advice you would give to somebody getting into the biz?

Try to be always tolerant, the true test of your mettle.

Worst haircut you’ve ever had?

A very unfortunate ‘Hitler’esque doo.

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July 22nd, 2014 at 2:26 pm

LAUREN DUKOFF – VANITY FAIR – MANISH DAYAL

We can’t get enough of seeing Lauren Dukoff’s images on the pages of Vanity Fair. Check out August’s Spotlight section to see her latest with Manish Dayal!

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July 21st, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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GIANT ARTISTS’ SUMMER INTERN – INTERVIEW – DALLAS CLAYTON

More from our summer intern, Sarah Wasko:

I asked the Giant Artists roster to answer a few questions to allow everyone to get to know them a little better. One of the first to reply was Dallas Clayton whose cheeky answers, although short and sweet, are full of intrigue and wisdom.

Why are you drawn to illustration and design? 

I like to draw things and write things that make people happy. 

What is your favorite/most memorable illustration of yours and/or of somebody else’s?

I try not to choose favorites in life and in art. Every drawing has the potential to be someone’s favorite.

What did you think you were going to be when you “grew up”? 

I’m still trying to figure it out. 

One piece of advice you would give to somebody getting into the biz?

Make what makes you feel good and probably don’t use the term “biz”.

Worst haircut you’ve ever had?

All of them between ages 11 and 23. 


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July 18th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

JUSTIN FANTL – PERSONAL SERIES – PAPER V

Justin Fantl adds more cool graphic geometric configurations to his personal paper series with the latest grouping titled, Paper V. To see more from this series – head over to the “inside” section of Justin’s website.

 

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July 17th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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GIANT ARTISTS’ SUMMER INTERN – SARAH WASKO

Today we invited Giant’s fabulous summer intern, Sarah Wasko, a rising senior at Elon University, to take over the blog and write, well, whatever she wanted!  Here, a rogue run-in with an ex sparks a connection to an inspiring street photographer.  As an agency, we also find inspiration in fresh perspectives and happenstance.  Thanks, Sarah, for the great read!

I haven’t done much sightseeing since moving to L.A. for the summer, but this past weekend, my little 6’7” brother came to visit me, and we packed an unnatural number of things into the three and a half days that he was here. Though science would argue otherwise, I’m pretty sure I got a sunburn on the left half of my body from all the driving. The only person more violently laid back than me is my brother Joe, so we had a pretty great time or whatever.

We spent a day in San Diego and, true to form, we stopped in Balboa Park and then headed to Seaport Village. To my knowledge, I only know one person in San Diego; a guy who I had a pseudo relationship with for about a month and a half. Short story shorter, it started weird and it ended weird. He moved to San Diego after graduation, and the chances of me seeing him were quite literally one in a million. Naturally, I saw him walking down the side of the road just feet from my car, and we made really uncomfortable, prolonged eye contact. This will probably remain the biggest coincidence of my life for years to come.

Photography that captures coincidence or visual pun has always interested me. It is an ingenious way to approach the art. Though it would require a little backstory to understand the breadth of the moment, it would have been great to have my weird San Diego run-in captured in a photograph.

Maciej Dakowicz is a Polish street photographer based in Mumbai who has captured a superhuman number of photographs of real life happenstance. What makes these photos great, in contrast to my awkward staring contest, is the understated nature of the moments. They are constantly occurring but often go unnoticed. These photos showcase Dakowicz’s eye for miraculous instances of visual coincidence in his home of India as well as Tunisia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Malawi, and an impressive host of other nations.

Sarah

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July 16th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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TODD COLE – LUCKY MAGAZINE – SOLANGE KNOWLES

Check out another stellar cover by Todd Cole for the latest issue of Lucky Magazine featuring the lovely Solange Knowles!

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July 15th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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EMILY SHUR – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – MELISSA MCCARTHY

Emily Shur recently photographed funny lady, Melissa McCarthy, for the The Wall Street Journal. This is the moment her husband walked into the room – too cute!

 

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July 11th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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