A day in the life of a Jersey entrepreneur – Glen Perotte
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What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?
Getting my daughter to school!
What does your normal day look like?
If I don’t have an early shoot – I start the day by doing the school run. Then off to my studio to prepare for a shoot or if I am not shooting I am at my desk retouching. That’s a normal day for me.
How did you get to where you are today?
In short, I would say hard work and determination. Twenty plus years ago during my time as photographer in London – I targeted ad agencies who’s work I admired. I would send certain art directors and art buyers promo picture cards of my latest work. One art director who I really wanted to work with, received a card from me almost every week. After about a year of bombarding him with mail outs, I finally got a call from him to come in to talk about a job. He met me in reception and said, “Glen you see what persistence gets you”.
What couldn’t you live your life without?
My family always comes first – but from a business point of view I really enjoy technology. I am glued to my cameras and computers.
Which outsiders (professional services, investors, mentors, family etc.) have been most important to the success of your business?
I am passionate about everything photography. The history of photography has always been important part of my continual development. Understanding the past helps you move forward. Practitioners who inspire me dates back to the beginning of photography, Niepce and Talbot the early pioneers, Adams and Brett Weston moved the craft forward and continue to be inspirational. My two biggest inspirations are Richard Avedon and Albert Watson – I had the honour to me meet both great artists.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being a digital migrant, I would say the transition from traditional to digital photography was a big challenge halfway through my career.
What advice would you give to your younger self before embarking on your business journey?
Don’t rush the beginning stages of your career. Get as much experience as possible before moving on to the next step. It will make you a more rounded practitioner.
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