We had the good fortune of connecting with Mason Shipman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mason, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Being a full time high school student it’s hard working in the creative industry. People will need you or your work at random times or random days. It”s always hard realizing that Im letting go of another great opportunity to grow me or my brand. Recently, instead of hanging out with my friends or going out on the weekends, I always try and book for projects or shoots so that I can always be sharpening my skills. For me I think it’s pretty beneficial, considering that I am preparing myself for my future.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Something that sets me apart is that I have a very distinct and memorable portfolio. It allows me to stand out, attract the curiosity of potential consumers.  It’s not hard to spot a mature body of work created by an artist who has invested a significant amount of time in a direction that has motivated them. At first it’s not that easy. Practice, experiment, and go thoroughly into the studio work direction you’ve selected. As you push yourself in this direction, pay attention to the aspects that contribute to a unique style that will make your work distinctive to others.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my father, who recently passed, for giving me my first camera and igniting a spark in me for the love of photography. And I would also like to shout out my film teachers at The Kings Academy for nurturing that spark and helping me learn amazing skills along the way.

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