Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Devany.
Erin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I actually didn’t start taking pictures until about July of 2016 – previously to that I had done a few horror short films, and knew I was destined for a career in film, just unsure of how to go about it without going to school. I started dating a drummer, and he suggested I just take my camera along to shows and see if I like the concept of band photography, and it didn’t take me long to become passionate about it. I took my camera with me to every show, every event, anywhere I could. After I was able to develop a bit of a style, and fund a few more nice pieces of equipment, I began doing some still photography as well. Through shooting bands and just growing into the DFW community, I was able to meet some of the most incredibly talented individuals I’ve ever encountered. I started to get into music videos, and live show recording, and the mixture of creativity between me and the musicians I work with has been so influential and important to my development. I’ve been able to watch these people’s careers develop right in front of my eyes, and through that I’ve been able to develop my own career as well. I hope to eventually be able to write/direct my own horror films, but for now really enjoy divulging into multiple different aspects of film and photography.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been long and often unfunded – but I wouldn’t trade what I went through to get here for anything. The biggest struggle I run into is myself, and with enough encouragement from the many caring and talented people I surround myself with I’m able to overcome the obstacle of my own inabilities. I know that without hardships I won’t be able to get anywhere beyond where I currently am – whether it be creatively, physically, or in my career in general.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
All Hallows Productions is more of an idea as of now – a company I wish to eventually be able to trademark and market. I freelance almost all of my work, and it’s pretty rare that I actually make commission from my projects, but I feel like I am finally on the cusp of being able to make this a career. I currently specialize mostly in band photography, but I like to think of myself as pretty multi-versatile, as I’ve shot anything from headshots to weddings to my own still shot projects. One thing I feel is most important to my company, and that allows me to work on most video/photo ideas I set my mind on, is that I’m experienced in all aspects of the two. I can play cinematographer, editor, director, actor, writer, etc., and all with comfort and ease. I hope to one day take classes and really become more diverse in every technical aspect, but for now am really enjoying learning by experience. All Hallows Productions may just be an idea for now – but in a few years, it will be a name people recognize, a company people rely on.
What were you like growing up?
I was always teaching myself how to do everything – how to ride a bike, how to read, how to swim. I was stubborn as hell and wasn’t always the best at taking direction, so if I could hyper-focus on something well enough I was able to take it apart, analyze it, and teach myself the concept all the while understanding it in my own way. My parents claimed me to be shy, but when I got to know people I tried to be as myself and open as possible. I also used to be absolutely terrified of everything, and couldn’t watch a scary movie without losing many nights of sleep, so I find it pretty ironic that it’s what I want my whole life to surround now.
- $50 for live show photography
- $100 for recording a full set
- $200 for music videos, depending on content and time needed to create it
- Website: erindevany.wordpress.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allhallowsproductions/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erindevallhallows/?ref=bookmarks