028: Stand Out in a Crowded Space with Matthew Jordan Smith

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest today is Matthew Jordan Smith. Matthew is an American photographer based in Tokyo, working between LA, Tokyo and New York City. He has photographed some of the most famous people in the world, including the President of Iceland, Oprah Winfrey and the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim. He is best known for his portraits of celebrities, actors and models. His client list includes Ole, Panteen, Revlon, Sony Entertainment, HBO and Showtime. His celebrity clients include Angela Basset, Tyra Banks, Queen Latifa, Aretha Franklin and many more. He’s a proud Nikkon ambassador and a lover of great music, dance and travel. In this episode, Matthew shares some of the things that helped him get to where he is today. Enjoy!

Here’s what Travis and Matthew discuss in this episode:

  • The most fun clients Matthew has worked with
  • How Matthew got his start in photography
  • The advice from a professor that Matthew followed that has led to his success
  • The reason learning the business of photography is as if not more important than the camera you use
  • The importance of making yourself standout in a crowded space
  • Why Matthew believes knowledge and talent is the most important thing for career longevity
  • The power of making a great first impression with new clients, and how this led to success down the road for Matthew
  • The reason you should continue to evolve and not take networking for granted
  • Practical ways Matthew tries to add more value to people he meets
  • How Matthew uses photography conventions and social media to cultivate connections
  • Why making connections led to Matthew’s three books
  • Matthew’s very real experience of starting all over again with building connections and networking
  • What Matthew does every morning and every night to help him reach his goals
  • The importance of outsourcing the things in life you’re not good at

Where to Find Matthew:

The best place to find Matthew is Instragram, on Twitter, or check out his website at www.matthewjordansmith.com

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