Joshua Shultz is a Los Angeles-based director and photographer. Even as a 7-year-old, Joshua was an artist: from painting, sketching to creating his own work. Now, with a career on the rise, who knows what else he has planned for the future.
1. For the people who might not know you, could you introduce yourself?
I am a Director and Photographer. I also enjoy finding adventures in life.
2. How did you start your career as a photographer and director?
I ended up on a documentary set with Band of Horses and one of the Beach Boys and ended up helping out and got to learn more about the camera. Then I took a chance on becoming a photographer. Then I jumped into Directing and learned while on set directing.
3. What are some projects that you have worked on?
I have done 6 Lindsey Stirling Music Videos, Switchfoot, Directed an award-winning Fashion Film Commerical, Photographed for Rolling Stone and been published over a hundred times. Some artists I have photographed are, Jared Leto, David Hasselhoff, Paramour, Imagine Dragons, The 1975, Portogul The Man, Kitten, Andy Black etc.
4. What is the best vs. worst thing about the entertainment industry?
Honestly, there are many inspiring artists you get to work with who fill you with drive but some artists tend to attract leeches and soul suckers who want to cause problems and those people suck.
5. Which artists influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking and career path?
Well, mainly Directors. Denise who Directed Black Runner, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher… Honestly, many artists. But my favorite inspiration is life. Everywhere you can find inspiration.
6. Do you have a secret talent?
I’m pretty good at reading people. Sometimes is annoying because I will know someone is BSing me and I need to learn to love them anyway.
7. Who would you love to do a shoot with?
8. As a director, what shows or movies would you love to work on?
9. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started your career?
Most people have no idea they are guessing and trying stuff also. So don’t ask for
permission just create, create, create.
10. What does a typical day in your life look like?
Wake up, coffee, feed my new puppy, emails, gym then writing and editing.
Sometimes set for photoshoots or on set Directing.
11. Who was your favorite person to photograph?
12. Do you have a message for the people who support your art?
Thank you! Without your love I would not be able to make this my life.
13. What do you have planned for the future?
I am currently working on my first movie.
14. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to in the future?
Anything that has to do with saving animals. You have to be careful to find ones who are really saving animals and not just taking your money. But animals really need us to come to save them.
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