We had the good fortune of connecting with Brien Hollowell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brien, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor about my success was surrendering my life to God. That has been the foundation to every aspect of my life. The decision to follow Jesus has transformed my life for the better. It’s been a nine year journey of walking by faith.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m most excited about story telling. I feel that photography was just a warm up to exposing new talents for me such as screenwriting and directing. I didn’t see my photography going in the direction of Film making however it just comes with the craft. Visually whatever i see in my head comes out perfectly through screenwriting and that’s what i want to pursue. Hard work and risk taking with a side of networking is how I navigated to where i am now. There were some hard times along the way both financially and emotionally but I kept running this race set before me with endurance. The hardest lesson for me to learn was stop comparing myself to other photographers. I felt i was living my life through social media once i learned that’s not real life I was able to connect to what was happening around me which led to making work that defined me. I realized it what i put in to my craft was the better payoff instead of shooting for likes on IG. Took me awhile to realize that and i wish i learned that lesson years ago.
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?
First place I’m taking them is to brunch at Sassafras. Probably hit up the highlands for El Five or the Bindery. I think everyone should check out Union Station Denver and have a few nights stay at the Crawford Hotel. That’s my favorite place to meet for drinks at the Cooper Lounge. Obviously we need to catch some kind of film so a movie for sure. And we would probably go to Rino for Cart Driver Pizza. That’s my go to place for Hangout and good eats. Denver is small and I run into someone know everywhere i go.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Mile High Ministries/ Issachar Community