"Although this is the first time we met, I have an impression that you are very talkative (both laughed). Does being outgoing help you in your photography career?
Yes I think so. Without having such personality I wouldn’t be doing a TV show about photography because I don’t look like I should be on TV. But I trust myself and am not afraid to try new things. It’s not a requirement if you just like shooting on the street for fun for example, but if you want to build a photography business, you will have to meet a lot of people, vocalize what your work is about, be able to close deals, among other things. So yes, being outgoing enables me to do many different things.
Will that put introverted people at a disadvantage when pursuing this profession then?
It depends on what you want to do. In documentary photography, maybe being an introvert is a good thing. Obviously you need to engage with others but that isn’t about being outgoing, it’s more about being compassionate and being human when you want to have access. "
Read the full article in both Vietnamese and English on the Matca website here.
Justin Mott is an award-winning editorial, travel, and commercial photographer based in Vietnam for over a decade.
He has shot over 100 assignments throughout Vietnam and Southeast Asia for the New York Times covering tragedy, travel, features, business, and historical moments.
His other notable editorial and commercial clients include TIME, Forbes, BBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveler, NIKE, Microsoft, Intercontinental Hotels, Canon, Siemens, European Union, Red Cross, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UN to name a few.
When he's not shooting Justin is also the resident photographer, co-host, and consulting producer on History Channel's reality TV show Photo Face-Off.
I'm available for assignments worldwide and for all genres of photography.
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