We had the good fortune of connecting with Quinton Boughton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quinton, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
That’s simple, it became my passion. From about Kindergarten until basically my junior year of undergrad, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a lawyer. It was something that I always found interesting. As a little kid I’d come home from Kindergarten and watch Judge Judy with my grandmother. As a youth, I was involved in Teen Court in my community. In high school criminal justice classes, etc. I even joined the national prelaw frat, Phi Alpha Delta. But while I was in undergrad, things didn’t go exactly according to plan. I received some misinformation about available law classes that my school offered. My chapter of Phi Alpha Delta had big plans to do courtroom visits, mock trials, the works but none of those things actually happened while I was there. So while I always really liked law and enjoyed the steps that I had been taking so far to prepare myself for law school, I hadn’t had the chance to develop a real passion for law yet. Then on a whim, I ended up helping a teammate on one of the shows that our school’s TV studio put on. A lot of his crew had graduated and he needed some extra hands. I had previous camera experience from my church so I decided to help my friend out. Little did I know that I would fall in love with the world of video, film, editing, etc. That’s what soon became my passion. I then changed my major and I never looked back.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art begins with shooting with my camera and ends with my various editing techniques. One thing about my art that I really enjoy is how I constantly find myself drawing inspiration from others, especially my peers. I’ll see something really cool that one of my friends did or shot and will immediately begin to vision how I could incorporate certain elements in my next project. I think that’s what i’m currently most excited about, the constant growth and evolution of my craft as I continuously try to learn new techniques. The way I got to where I am professionally now is that I just kept shooting. I took so many underpaid job, no pay jobs, tfp shoots, etc. because I knew that I’d never grow if I didn’t keep shooting and practicing and learning. It wasn’t an easy road though. Once I developed my skillset to a good level, the next challenge was trying to get people to take me and my work seriously. They’d see my website, be impressed with my portfolio, become really excited to work with me, but then didn’t feel like I should be paid properly. In order to overcome that obstacle (I don’t think you every fully overcome that one), I just tried my best to shift my client base. Where I used to rely solely on individuals as clients, I started reaching out to more brands and companies to expand my client base. But, through it all, I learned that it’s important to know your worth from the jump and demand it. Sure you may have people who look at your prices and think you’re trying to rip them off, but then you’ll also find even more people who will feel like those same prices are a steal.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So assuming that we’re talking about pre-covid times here, I’d probably start off taking them to Breakfast Klub and then while we’re downtown probably check out Discovery Green and just the downtown area in general. It’s great for shooting and we’re both photographers so it’d be a good time. Maybe later on since we’re still down town, hit that food truck park near the graffiti wall or maybe even Phil and Derek’s. Other great places would probably be that new water park in Katy, Shake Shack, of course the Galleria at some point, the museum district, Underdogs.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m not sure if there’s enough room for this incredible list of people who helped me get where I am today. My parents first and foremost for even at an early age, showing me the possibility and the importance of being able to have your own business. My mother for showing me the hard work and dedication needed to be successful and my father for making sure that I never forgot that entrepreneurship is a tough but extremely beneficial route to consider. My best friend Jereme, owner of Series Blu, for pretty much being on this journey with me as he started his creative business just a little bit before I started mine. My wife for being that forever support, always encouraging, being understanding and supporting. My family, my friends, my squad who recommend me to new clients, who are there to bounce ideas off of, who just help and guide me in ways that they aren’t even aware of.