We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Calvelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I came up with the idea for my business by being so well known at my high school for doing what I do that I decided to just finally go all in and make a brand for myself and that I could get myself out there even more. After doing it for all of high school and now being a freshman in college I can say that it has gone pretty well and I hope to continue this brand beyond my education years.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is meant to be more than just a sports photograph or a sports video, my art is meant to show what a game looks like through the eyes of an average fan, I want to show everyone the perspective of a fan rather than someone who works. What sets me apart is my drive and passion for what I do. Most people will be like “yeah I’ll do it tomorrow”, that is not me. As soon as a game ends I get to work and edit on my pictures or videos, some nights are very late but I don’t stop until the job is finished. I’m most excited about the future ahead and the opportunities that can be presented to me. I got to where I am today because of all the support I’ve gotten, it’s what drives me to be not only be a better creative but also a better person. Has the journey been hard? Yes, it wouldn’t be much of a journey if it wasn’t hard. One important thing I’ve learned on this journey is that not everything is going to go your way and you’re definitely going to have to improvise in order to get the job done. One thing that I’d want the world to know is that there are more people like me out there that want to change the landscape of the industries they want to get in, for me I’m hoping I can encourage and inspire more people my age to get involved in the Sports Creative industry and unleash that creativity they have.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were to visit my campus I would definitely love to show them around Lynchburg! Some places to eat would definitely be Cookout, My Dog Duke’s Diner, Logan’s Roadhouse, La Carreta, and of course Chick-fil-a. Some good places to hang out would be at the top of the Monogram on campus where you can relax in nature and see the entire town of Lynchburg, another place to go would be River Ridge mall where you can go and shop and even see a movie at Regal Cinemas! If you don’t want to go into town, that’s fine too! There’s plenty to do on campus.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my family for continuously supporting my vision, especially my mom who would drive me to and from games before I got a car. I want to thank my high school, The King’s Academy where they helped me dive into the world of sports creativity, special thanks to the former AD Coach Hobbs for having my back and seeing my vision through and letting me represent our school on a whole new level than it was before. Big thanks to the assistant AD, Ryan Johnson for continuing to carry out my vision through the eager underclassmen who want to unleash their creativity and continue represent our school in the way it should be. Shoutout to Christian, Jon and Laura who want to continue not only my vision but share their visions through what I taught them, keep going guys! Shoutout to Liberty University for allowing me to be a student here, while I may not have established myself among the Sports Creative group yet, when the time comes I will be ready for it and to represent our University in the way God would want it to be represented.
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