London-born Grace Bristo is currently studying photography at Nottingham Trent University but calls St Neots her home. She loves portraiture and youth culture and has fallen in love with film photography and now works mainly on film. Grace recently got her first feature on TripMag which was extremely exciting and opened a few doors. “I’m trying not to tie myself down to one type of photography as I want to explore them all.”
How did you get into the creative industry, and was there a defining point in your career that led you on that path?
I’ve always been more of a creative person than an academic. I was always drawing and creating things when I was younger however my defining point would be when I failed my AS Levels. The pressure for teenagers now to be expected to know what they want to do in the future was extremely overwhelming for me and I had no Idea I even liked photography I just knew I liked making. I explored different medias and something clicked. I then realised I need to focus on what I enjoyed doing and felt passionate about instead of what I’m told and felt expected to do. I then went on to do an Extended Diploma studying photography at college and I’m now continuing my studies with photography at Nottingham Trent University.
Is there anything you would change in your current career and if so why?
At the moment, I would not change anything. It’s all still so new and exciting for me.
Where do you see yourself, and your career in five years time?
I would love to be travelling the world working with a close team of like-minded individuals having lots of fun. I want to be taking photographs that highlight issues and create a response. I would love to inspire other teenagers that feel out of place in an academic environment and help them do something they enjoy.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
LISTS!! I make 1-10 lists a day which are to do with anything from work to chores and food shops. I’m what you call a lazy perfectionist however lists clear my head and allows me to become more active.
What tips would you give to anybody who is looking to get started in the creative industry?
Just do it, believe in yourself. Contact as many people as you can, make connections, be friendly but don’t be a push over. You will have to do some work for free just to get your foot in the door but know when you’re being mugged off. Something that’s come very apparent more recently throughout my creative journey is, its not about what you know its more about who you know.
To see more of Grace Bristo’s work visit her website www.gracebristophotography.co.uk