I started my photography business when I was 7 years old. Some people thought I was too young to start a business, but it didn’t stop me. I figured, “Why wait?”
Even though I’ve had the opportunity to photograph Former President Barack Obama, Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, I focus on creating memories and capturing special moments for other children. I remember that when my mom started her business, it made me want to start a business too. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but after watching my mom’s friend take photos of my grandmother in her photography studio, I thought, that’s it! I’ll start a photography business. Seeing the reaction on my grandmother’s face when she saw the photos inspired me to pursue photography as a business. I wanted to photograph little girls and I wanted them to look at their pictures the same way my grandmother looked at hers.
Here are eight helpful tips to becoming an kidpreneur.
One: Find what you are passionate about or find something that you like to do and do it. I found out that I liked photography and that’s what I pursued and I am happy that I did!
Two: Turn your passion into a business so you can serve people and make money doing what you love. When I realized at 7 years old that I really loved photography and I loved how people reacted to seeing themselves in the photos I took, I realized that it was the right time to start my business.
Three: Start a social media account and make it look professional. As a photographer, it was important for me to show my photos so that anyone who was thinking about hiring me could see my work.
Four: Find partners to help and support you and your business. For example, my mom and my dad are my biggest supporters and encouragers. Whenever I come up with ideas for photoshoots, or my next big dream, my parents always help me to make it happen.
Five: Choose a charity to work with. While you are helping to raise money and awareness for the organization, it allows all their supporters to learn about you as well.
Six: Don’t EVER give up! It took almost two years before my dream to photograph the President of the United States came true. Last summer, I was invited to photograph him at the United State of Women summit, a conference attended by 5,000 women and hosted by Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. You must believe in yourself and your business and you cannot give up when it seems like things are taking forever. It was because of photographing the president that Steve Harvey had me on his show. If I would have given up, my dream would not have come true and I probably wouldn’t have been on a national talk show.
Seven: Don’t forget to start a business account with a bank or a credit union so you don’t start spending all your money on stupid stuff like candy and dolls. I chose Grow Financial because when I went there I liked how they treated me as a real business customer even though I’m a child entrepreneur.
Eight: Be a Mentor! When I first started, someone helped me get to where I am and you should be that someone to help another kid to follow their dreams.
I know I am just a kid and I don’t have all the answers. I can only share with you what I’ve learned over the past two years. I hope I have inspired you to follow your dreams. Always remember to have fun with your business and don’t forget the most important thing, help others.