There is a question that I get all the time, and that is “are you friends all the models, and how did you get them to model for you”, and in this blog I’m going to answer that.
When I started Opinion, I had no idea how to get people to model for a company that was just starting. A friend of mine told me to go to a Facebook group called Midwest Photographer & Model Collaboration. So I sent in my request to become a part of the group and was admitted within the hour. I then went on and posted that I had recently started a clothing company and wanted to collab with photographers and models. I was blown away by how many responses I got. Little did I know, that this whole time there was a major community of creators that was willing to help each other out! I contacted a couple of the people that reached out to me and finally decided to send some gear to a guy named Bobby Perez. Bobby since that day has been my main photographer and creates almost all of the content you see on the Opinion Instagram page. Bobby has been such a big part of the growth of Opinion because not only does he have amazing photography skills, he has a big connection to the model community in North Dakota. A ton of the pictures you see on the Opinion Instagram are actually taken in North Dakota, not in Minneapolis. So to answer the question asked in the beginning of this blog, is that I don’t know a lot of the models that shoot for Opinion. Pretty crazy to grow a company with the help of people that you have never met before.
I also have gone to an event called Link N Drink which is a networking event that brings together the biggest hustlers from all around and puts them in one spot. By going to these events, I have met a ton of people who are grinding away at their own passions and are eager to hear what others are doing as well. I have met tons of photographers and other entrepreneurs at these events and urge you to go to one! There has been 5 of these events and I have been to 3 and I don’t plan on missing another one.
So to cap off this blog, I think the main takeaway is that you really don’t have to be an expert to start something, you just have to have the will and hunger to learn, and get out of your comfort zone of meeting new people.