Lydia: Graphic Designer, Photographer

Name: Lydia Kerr

Age: 23

City: Gainesville, GA

Main Hustle: Marketing Communications Manager at Gill Marine

Side Hustle: Freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer

How did you get started?: My husband volunteered me to design wedding invitations for his brother and sister-in-law, then I designed our wedding invitations, and it took off from there! I enjoy my job in Marketing, but I missed the creative piece and started to promote myself further. Now I do branding and web design primarily, but also still work with brides periodically.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: At night in our guest bedroom!

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Time for sure. With a full-time job, it’s difficult to grow a business. When I get home from work, I want to spend time with my husband and our dogs, see friends, eat, sleep, and just deal with life. Definitely a lot to balance!

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: I’m doing what I love.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband!

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My grandmother. She’s a go-getter, and once she makes up her mind, she follows through, which I think is really true to my character as well.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn: I was recently featured in Voyage ATL. http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-trailblazer-lydia-kerr/

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To make it my full-time career!

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Promote yourself! Don’t be shy. Also pricing — it’s easy to undersell yourself if it’s not your “real job”. But it is a real job! So be confident.

For more on Lydia and her work, check out her website, follow her on Instagram and Facebook, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate!

Photography by Eileen Design Studio

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Meagan: Photographer

Name: Meagan Hollis

Age: 28

City: Mobile, Alabama

Side Hustle: “Momtographer.” I am a stay-at-home mom and photographer!

How did you get started?: I began my journey in photography after my daughter (Kate) was born. My husband bought me a DSLR camera so I could capture every new adventure with our little girl. Unfortunately I had no idea how to use it, so I signed up for an online course and taught myself. With lots of practice and hard work, I finally mustered up the courage to start putting my work out there!

When/where do you work?: I am currently a stay at home mom, but before I began a career in photography, I was an radiology tech at Springhill Medical Center. Fortunately for me, I now how the time to practice my photography whenever I please!

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: The main challenge for me was finding my confidence. Being new in a new field is very intimidating. There are so many great photographers out there, so finding my niche and confidence was definitely the hardest part! Luckily I have a great support system and clients who love my work.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The biggest reward for me is when my clients love the work I have done. I love seeing them post the picture that I took. Total confidence booster!

Who is your greatest supporter?: My greatest supporter would have to be my husband, Nick. He has been so great throughout this whole journey. Encouraging me when I have self doubt, helping me decide on which edit to send to my clients, and loving me through it all. I definitely could not have done this without him.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Definitely my family. Sometimes I will look at my daughter and get so many cute ideas for new shoots. Not only do I get creative inspiration from her, she also drives me to do better. I want to give her the best life possible and with photography it gives me the flexibility to do so.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below so we can include these details in your profile.: I actually had Aveeno Skin Care reach out to me. They wanted to feature one of my images on their Instagram page! It may be small to most people, but for me this was huge!

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: My dream for my side hustle is to grow and develop into a seasoned photographer. I love the flexibility that this hustle gives me. I get to do what I love and still have tons of time to spend with my family!

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Just go for it. You will never know what you are capable of until you put yourself out there. It’s okay to be nervous, scared, and anxious, because this is a whole new adventure for you!

I am a huge Disney fan so I always go back to a quote from Walt Disney:
“All your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.”

Check out Meagan’s work on Facebook and Instagram, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate!

Riley Frances: Photographer, Watercolor Artist

Name: Riley Frances Boone

Age: 28

City: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Main Hustle: Operations Manager at Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

Side Hustle: Real Estate Photography. Fine Art Photography. Portrait Photography.

How did you get started?: My dad is a photographer, so I grew up around it. I was always fascinated with finding a way to make something ordinary look more interesting through a camera. But I also just admire the hell out of my dad and grew a love for photography through him. Real estate photography happened by accident. My friend is a real estate agent who needed some good photos but didn’t want to pay a fortune. He knew I was into photography and asked if I’d be interested. I had never photographed a home before. You know that phrase, “Fake it ’til you make it.”?

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: For real estate photography, it’s intermittent based on how the market is doing and when new housing goes up for sale. There’s a healthy combination of both busy and slow times. For fine art, it’s an ongoing process at a much more consistent pace. I rotate in workplaces from the kitchen table to coffee shops to the library. I like a change of scenery; I feel like it keeps the creativity flowing that’s required for good photo editing.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Challenges show up in a variety of different ways, shapes, and sizes. Time is a constant challenge. If I have too much of it, my best work doesn’t show up. If I don’t have enough of it, my best work doesn’t show up. Time management and I have a love/hate relationship.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The biggest reward is feeling proud of something I’ve created. Knowing that I captured a place in time that anyone can enjoy whether they saw it live or not.

I’ve always viewed photographs as stories. They’re snapshots of time, but only the photographer knows what happened immediately before and after. Every photograph is a serious playground for the imagination.

The same applies to real estate photography. The goal is to take such a gorgeous photo that people start to imagine their life happening in that photo, in that home featured in the photograph.

Who is your greatest supporter?: Dad continuously offers free and honest advice, being a photographer himself. Mom is constant in her support and encouragement to go after a dream. My friends. My boyfriend, John Harris, is a great supporter. He’s always pushing me to take a camera everywhere I go.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Literally everything is an inspiration. Words all of my friends have heard more times than they’d like to admit: “Look at that lighting,” “Gah, that would be an awesome photo,” and “Hang on!” (Insert me laying on the ground getting the perfect angle for a nature shot while on a hike.)

Have you received recognition for your work?: The Jackson Hole Daily Newspaper has a full page of real estate ads on the back page of every paper. It’s always exciting to go straight to that page and see two or three of my images printed for the day. I was recognized by Real Simple Magazine and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James, which was absurdly flattering.

I think it’s important to be your own best cheerleader.

A pat on the back isn’t what I’m seeking out when taking photos, but I’d be lying if outside recognition didn’t bring a smile to my face and make we walk a little taller.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To do art, photography, full time. I did a photoshoot for a family last year and captured a photo of a three-year-old boy intently watching a butterfly. A month later the mother of the three-year-old boy said she had never gotten a photo of him still and slowed down since he’d been able to crawl. He’s always on the move, like I imagine most three-year-old little boys are. She was so unbelievably grateful. That joy, and being able to gift it to others through photography, that is my dream.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Self-doubt is the killer of creativity. Chances are it won’t go away, but that’s okay. We need a little bit of self-doubt to act as a catalyst—an emotion to conquer and overcome, if you will. That’s what I’ve experienced at least. But it’s how we deal with it that’s most important. It’s healthy to feel it, recognize it, and let it go. But the letting it go part, that part is vital to forward movement.

Check out Riley Frances as a featured artist here, follow her photography on Instagram, or reach out to her via email for more info!

Featured Image: Riley Frances Photography

 

Molly: Copywriter, Website Designer, Photographer

Name: Molly Ramsey

Age: 29

City: Charleston, South Carolina

Main Hustle: Editor and freelance writer.

Side Hustle: Content creator.

I use this term because it’s all-encompassing. Some days this means designing customized Squarespace websites for small businesses, other days it looks like curating content for a brand’s Instagram account, and other days still it takes the shape of photography.

How did you get started?: I’ve forever been a fan of writing and the written word. I attribute a lot of that to having speech impediments as a child—while verbally expressing myself was tough, writing was a glorious land where my Rs always sounded like R’s and my S’s didn’t have a lisp. I graduated college with a degree in journalism and moved to Charleston for an editorial internship in the magazine publishing field. From there, my career advanced pretty linearly; I worked my way up from editorial assistant to assistant editor to editor, all within the same company.

This past summer I left my full-time role at the magazine to pursue a freelance career in writing and editing. I remain editor of a health and wellness magazine (I’m constantly inspired by the field of wellness), regularly contribute to a cache of local magazines (writing about home and event design, businesses, cool movers and shakers, and on), and taking on new work from national brands (like Fodors and Menasha Ridge Press).

While I consider writing and editing to be my “main gig,” I’ve used the newfound flexibility in my schedule to pursue projects that let me flex my storytelling and brand building skills in new ways. I’ve customized and written copy for a few small businesses’ websites; I’ve managed Instagram and other social media accounts; I’m taking on marketing and public relations projects for companies; and I’m exploring the world of photography—all of which, for now, I’d consider side hustles.

Through my work as a writer I’ve interviewed and learned the stories behind so many brilliant brands and people. These side hustles are my way of helping people share their stories and passions with the world. They also let me continue learning and growing professionally in a way I wasn’t able to while working full-time in magazine publishing.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: The line between my main gig and side hustles is pretty thin and becomes fainter each month. So I work on both from home and various coffee shops, with my schedule and workflow changing from day and day.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: While my career in magazine publishing prepped me well for many aspects of my side-hustle projects, they also require a good bit of self-teaching, which is a slow process that can be riddled with self-doubt. Speaking of self-doubt … the whole promoting/marketing myself thing is a real struggle. I can promote the heck out of a brand I’m behind or a team I’m part of, but now that the brand is myself and the team is me, I find it challenging at times to market my skills and services in a way that doesn’t feel icky.

An amazing curveball is on the horizon for my career, too: my husband, Will, and I are expecting our first child in June! TBD how becoming a mom will change the scope and trajectory of my current side hustles; I know it’ll shake things up in huge and wonderful ways.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The ability to pursue new projects and work with new people has inspired and enlivened me. Also: while there are plenty of perks to working in magazine publishing, it’s a low-paying field that often requires lots of overtime. I cherish the control I have now over both my schedule and profitability.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, Will, and closest friends helped give me the courage I needed to take the plunge into a freelance career and continue to support me as I work my various side hustles.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: The teachers at Charleston Power Yoga have impacted my life and career in ways I’m only beginning to understand. Also, podcasts are my jam. When I was considering my career change, I listened to The Tim Ferris Show, The Lively Show, and For When You by Jessica Kenny (a former CPY instructor) on repeat. My current go-tos are The Goal Digger Podcast, The Rich Roll Podcast, One Part Podcast, and TED Radio Hour. Though at times I want to delete the time-suck and comparison-monster that is Instagram and never look back, it really is a huge source of inspiration and introduces me to brands, people, and businesses I’d never find otherwise.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below so we can include these details in your profile.: Seeing my byline—whether it’s in print, on a business’s site, or on Instagram—is always a thrill. This year’s highlights including writing a Charleston hotel guide for Fodors (I remember buying their print travel guides when I traveled to Europe in high school!) and co-authoring my first book (a Charleston-area outdoor guide due out later this year).

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: TBD! Perhaps choosing one side hustle to really dive into and become an expert in. Or maybe starting a blog or website that lets me put all my interests and skills into a brand created by me.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

I struggle with imposters syndrome from time to time—the feeling that what I’ve accomplished isn’t relevant or official enough—so I like to remind myself that literally everyone is winging everything in life.

Visit Molly’s website to learn more, follow her on Instagram, or reach out to her via email if you would like to connect or collaborate!

Featured Images by: Molly Ramsey

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