We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Egli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jared, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I am not a naturally extroverted person. However, trying to gain clients for an imagery business takes a lot of putting yourself out there and networking. Most of my initial clients have been from doing cold-calls. I got rejected 95% of the time, but the few that I did do work for have become repeat clients. Through that, I’ve learned to not give up and keep reaching out. And when you have someone willing to listen, make it count.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There’s a challenge that comes with capturing imagery. So many ideas and images have already been captured. But each client has a fresh story to tell. Finding a new or unique perspective, capturing a special moment, and telling a new story through our media not only brings us joy, but we hope also brings joy to others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is no shortage of fun things to do in Fort Worth. We’d do a tour d’ BBQ through town and grab Tex-mex when we need a change. We love Fresco’s in Watauga for Mexican food! Hikes and bike rides on the Trinity Trail system or in River Legacy Park, followed up with a waterfront concert at Panther Island if it’s summer. Then of course we’d spend a day at the Stockyards as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife has definitely helped me stay motivated throughout this whole process. I get easily distracted and discouraged at times and she helps me get realigned and focused.