We had the good fortune of connecting with Brayden Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brayden, how do you think about risk?
I truly believe that without some form of risk there is little to no reward. Of course making sure that risk isn’t going to hurt yourself, or others in any way is important. However, in my personal experience I have struggled with anxiety for years that left me unable to leave my house. I never thought I would travel, much less even see the country I was living in — that is until I fell in love, and that somehow gave me the bravery I needed to hop on a plane, totally alone. Since then I haven’t looked back. I travel all the time and without travelling I wouldn’t have even considered starting my own business! I’m thankful for the risks I’ve taken because I am thriving where I ended up.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For me, photography started at a really young age – my childhood wasn’t always easy and I held onto photos of things or places that made me happy. I really loved wildlife & landscape photography and as I got older I found I really loved capturing people too. That also became more prevalent when I started my transition. I’ve been taking photos weekly, sometimes even daily to document my life since then. Professionally, I think what sets me apart is that not only is my whole heart in this, but so is my inner child. I still have that passion for preserving history, and emotions, and a drive to help others capture their lives as well. While I’m still fairly new to running my own show, it hasn’t been easy. The main roadblock I kept facing was myself. Unsure if I was cut out to own and operate a business. Simply the fear of failure. Though, I think everyone faces that at some point or another. It’s really about looking inward, finding out what drives you and realizing why you deserve to put yourself out there. A goal to constantly improve and find new ways for people experience my artwork keeps me going! As well as visibility for the trans* community, as that has been part of my journey through this as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout absolutely has to go out to Fawn + Bee Co. From the very beginnings of my adventure into starting my own business until this point now, Fawn has encouraged me and taught me nearly everything she knows about the industry. Every time I’ve ever thought I couldn’t do it, she’s shown me how I already was!