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Taking Care of Business… with Ben Johnson

Sara @ Wingspan
August 19, 2020

We’re passing the mic to some of our favorite freelancers who make Wingspan’s community thrive, and who remind us every day that there are no wrong ways to take care of business. Want to be featured? Submit yourself here!

Ben Johnson is a commercial photographer, videographer, producer, and composer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. As the founder of Catch Fire Productions, he creates commercials, social media, portraits, and documentary films. He produced the award-winning documentary “Big Charity,” while his recent Wild Card Hype video for the New Orleans Saints was recently submitted for Emmys award consideration.

In your own words, what do you do?

I'm a videographer and editor. But more than anything, I'm a storyteller. I tell the stories of my clients and subjects through film.

Where do you call home?

New Orleans has been home for the past 13 years.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

I take my dog Domino outside for a walk, and then start making my morning pot of coffee.

What’s your favorite thing about freelancing?

I love having the choice to choose the projects I work on and the freedom to create my own work schedule. I can't be too picky with projects, but finding the ones I'm passionate about make the work a joy.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Understand the things you can't control, and focus on the things you can control.

What’s your biggest challenge as an independent professional?

My biggest challenge as an independent professional is project management. The juggling act of acquiring new clients and projects in the future with the day to day work at the moment is not easy. Keeping workflow consistent is a challenge when I'm occupied with current projects, but it's also a struggle to make sure I'm not overloading myself with too many projects at once.

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