We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlos Moreno and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carlos, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking is a daily part of owning your own business. Fact, about half of all businesses don’t make it past the 5-year mark. I believe that you take a risk the minute people start a business. Doesn’t matter the industry, people take business loans, people invest in equipment, people buy inventory for their business. It doesn’t take long for your business to take in a significant amount of your resources, and it doesn’t take much for it to decline. I took my first business risk purchasing my first camera and other pieces of equipment. Had I not, I wouldn’t be where I am. I believe hard work and dedication, reduce that risk, but never eliminates it. There are many things to lower the risk, but even then there is still a risk. I think 2020 was a great example of that, as COVID took out many small businesses despite their planning and success. However, despite all the hardship, blood sweat, and tears, the risk proves to be worth it. I am proud to say that I’m glad I took the risk, and encourage those who are debating it, to take it. As long as people remain dedicated to doing what it takes to survive, you just might have a chance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I try to be as flexible as possible with my art and medium. Although I have my specific style and preferred medium of photography, I had to learn to be flexible and provide what my clients need. And I believe that’s one of the things that sets me apart. Don’t like my style? Don’t worry, show me what you like, and odds are I can replicate it. Don’t need photography? I can also do videography. Need something more cinematic? I have years of coloring experience and editing. Need animations and logos? I can do that as well. I am the “Jack of all trades”. and why I don’t limit myself to learning one thing. The hardest part was getting there. Being able to remember every single aspect of various professional software. Long sleepless nights of studying techniques and art theories. I’d lock myself in my room for days just learning what I could. I believe sometimes to be successful you just have to learn to not quit. And that’s what I would like to tell people. If you have a dream, do what it takes to get there. Don’t stop growing, don’t stop learning something new.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a big fan of Deep Elm, lots of great places to eat and drink, all the culture and art that fills the streets. The crazy characters you meet as you walk up and down the streets. Uptown, Greenville area is pretty great too. There’s plenty to keep you entertained. My favorite place to go is a little bar in Deep elm called “Brick and Bone”. Great service, amazing chicken, and the vibe is perfect for me. My alternate to that would probably be “Maki boy” my favorite sushi place.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t believe there’s one person to thank for my success. There are many people who I have met throughout life, schooling, and my career. My parents of course for the encouragement and support they have given me. My High-school animation teacher, who led me onto a path of art and creativity. My friends who supported my business and helped me perfect my craft.