Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly Beaupre.
Holly, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began as a preppy, collar shirt wearing business student at ASU somehow turned edgy (wannabe) travel and tour photographer in three years. I took on a behind the scenes production role for an ASU Comedy Troupe and fell in love with the camera, giving me the inspiration to take one of the first real risks in my life and transfer to film school. I had various roles and responsibilities for the troupe, but being the “picture taker girl” (as my elderly neighbor so lovingly calls me) was my favorite role. Last July I branched out to the comedy world outside of ASU, deeming myself a “Comedy Photographer” since there weren’t many people with that title yet. This grew to a life of photographing shows, festivals, and tours for comedians, musicians, and entertainers alike. It’s a lifestyle that even a year ago I wouldn’t have been able to handle or fathom leading. My dream is to be a full-time travel and tour photographer, and over the past year, that dream has become a reality. It’s neat to take a step back and take that in.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Absolutely not, but it never is if you want something bad enough. I think those bumps have made me more fearless in pursuing my career. With such a unique goal, I definitely didn’t always have the support I thought I needed. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety (which is usually a given when you work in the creative field). When I hit my lowest, I was suicidal and not eating. The same week I almost took my life, I started photographing my first established comedy show. I remember that night was the first time I had felt even the slightest escape from the darkness of my mind. It wasn’t the end of the bullshit to endure, but it gave me a little spark to keep going. Like “you’re on the right path, kid.” That’s the most important part – all the struggles become easier to swallow and learn from since I’m doing something I’m so insanely passionate about. I love sharing that with people, because as cliche as it is, I other people to find their paths too.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I work as a freelance photographer and videographer and I definitely have a variety of work under my belt from photographing comedy festivals to producing podcasts about dementia. I’m most proud of my work as a travel and tour photographer. It’s so good for me to photograph all day, every day. I get more than just what’s on stage. The small moments like pre-show in the green room, in the van on the way to a gig, or the candid shots. I pride myself on capturing the true emotion of moment through the lens.
What are you striving for, what criteria or markers have you set as indicators of success?
I have to remember to find success in myself just by doing my passion. As stressful as it can be financially, it was never about the money. I worked at Starbucks or nannied to support myself at first when I was photographing for free. I find success in networking and creating opportunities for myself because sitting around and waiting for someone to ask me to do it isn’t going to happen. I’ve been successful in finding my passion. A true, raw passion that has a voice telling me I have absolutely no excuse to not be doing what I’m doing. A friend recently told me to be good and what you do and be a good person, and I want to strive to find success in myself in that.
- $50/hour for shows and event work
- $100/3 headshots
- Website: www.hollybeaupre.com
- Phone: (928) 830-3110
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollybeaupre/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollybeauprephoto/