Tell us about your talent/business? How does it compare to what you wanted to do when you were younger? How did you get into it?
Hey, my name is Flossie-May, but people mainly know me as Floss. When I’m not working my two jobs in the week, I am a beauty photographer. I have always had other jobs alongside my photography as a means of support. In fact, for the last few months I didn’t have a job at all which was my choice and focused on my beauty photography.
If I were to read this interview 5 years ago when I was 19, I would have been so confused. Why? Because I have offered many services before finding myself as a photographer. I went from online fashion styling (now known as virtual styling) which started to attract a few celebs attention like Heather Sanders, offered website designing, brand consulting and oh also went into gaining a beauty qualification which I have never used. But at the age of 19 I found myself very lost and confused in what I wanted to do and achieve, because I didn’t quite have the patience and I found social media was becoming too much, and I disappeared. Not forgetting that I was surrounded by many people achieving their goals, and so quickly too.
So, I guess you would like to know how I actually became a photographer and bounced back?
My answer to this, is I still don’t know myself. I have always been in the art industry whether it was performing arts to design. So, I have always appreciated the visual aspects, I guess. Going back 5 years when I was a fashion stylist, I struggled finding the images I wanted to use, or rather not being able to use them for copyright reasons but photography still wasn’t my answer back then. It was almost as if I was blinded from the obvious. Funnily enough, I have always been the best at taking images whether it was just the odd selfie, or a group shot, I somehow always had the eye and knowledge on how to create such a great satisfying image, yet I still didn’t see this as a career option.
Tell us about a major L you took along the way. Did you feel like giving it all up? What motivated you to keep going? How did you bounce back from your L?
My major learning curve throughout all this is to stop being indecisive! This for me had many setbacks because I had lost or confused my clientele. I wish I set myself a business plan that I was at least 80% happy with, rather than keep changing what I wanted to do or in fact keep changing my brands approach or name. This is why now I have stripped everything back, and now being my true self, and also offering a very clear service in what I do now and using my name for exposure.
Of course, I felt like giving it all up, and I had a few attempts of it too. But I started to lose who I was when I tried. I thrive the most when I’m travelling the UK as a photographer. I was someone who had literal no self-esteem or self-belief (there are reasons behind this, good ones too) however, when I am out there working alongside many other talented individuals that’s when you’ll meet and get to know the true Floss, and this is when I am the happiest. I can feel already that 2019 will be the year. Where I let go of my old habits, and really start pushing myself to become the best of what I do and also the best version of myself.
What advice would you give your younger self? If you could go back to the beginning of your journey, what wouldn’t you do to ensure you get it right?
Believe in yourself first. There is absolutely no point at all believing in a project if you do not believe in yourself first. Go out there, tick off your bucket list, have fun, be adventurous and then sit down and plan your next move. Because from that moment everything will then fall into place. Of course, there will be failed attempts, but you learn from it, improve from it and overcome it. You, yourself are the most important part of everything you do and without realising you are the biggest input and matter.
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