Name: Jodi Hutton
Creative Industry that you are in: Photography
Years in Business: 5, however starting over in a new state
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Color: Jade
Favorite Drink: Black Tea
Best music (singer or group): Iron and Wine
A pet peeve you have: People being unkind to one another
Name something that brings you joy: My family
In 3 words, how would a friend describe you? passionate, loving, considerate
to the heart talk...
If you had to choose an animal to represent you, which would you choose and why?
Can I say Unicorn? They are magical and not seen. I like to think of myself as someone who is grounded, who believes in the magic of people and doing good to make this world a better place.
What is the passion behind your business? We know all businesses have heart behind them, but in what ways does your business give you purpose?
In all of the ugly and hate that can happen in this world, I get to help in a small way by bringing happiness, and preserving those memories. I get to capture light, happiness, and real love.
How do you measure your own success? When will you know when you have "made it"?
Oh wow, that's a great question. There are so many ways to measure success. For me, I want to speak for PPA at Imaging USA, I think that will be my moment to know I have made it. Or to photograph a high profile client, I would really like that as well. Yes, this introvert wants to get on stage in front of hundreds to speak, because I am all about facing my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone as uncomfortable as it may be.
As an introvert in the creative industry, what has been the most difficult for you in growing your business? Have you made any adjustments to work through this difficulty?
Networking, walking into a networking event alone where I don't know anyone is basically my biggest fear, because I know that I have to introduce myself and talk to people. I want to build authentic and real connections, even though it's uncomfortable, I do it. I walk up, put out my hand, say my name, and people respond. Believe it or not they don't just turn around and walk away. Sometimes a little wine helps to take the edge off, if the event provides it (I am not just drinking wine in my car before I head in, that would not be a suggest coping skill).
What do you excel in as an introvert owning a business? When did you realize that this is a strength in your business?
I excel at being able to listen, to focus on the day. I also love hunkering down with my tea and an over-sized sweater to get work done in front of my computer while listening to my favorite podcast.
Can you talk about a time you felt out-of-place? What thoughts went through your mind and what was the outcome of the situation?
Always. Really though, I am headed to a networking event tonight, so I am guessing it will be tonight. I am headed to an event where all the vendors already know one another and are friends. I am new to the scene here in Colorado, so I will have to put on my game face and push my fear down, sometimes you just have to push yourself through the uncomfortable moments to gain the big moments!
What have you learned about yourself in this business process so far? What goals do you have for your personal growth in the next 5 years?
That I really thrive on personal connections, with clients, potential clients, vendors and friends. My personal growth goals are to focus on yoga and mediation to help get me through the moments that don't feel comfortable, to feel like I can walk into a room and talk to strangers, even get up on stage to talk.
What tip would you give other introverted creatives who are looking to make meaningful connections with others? (Ya know, beyond the small talk) :)
Social Media can be a great tool. You can find other creatives and start a connection there, once that happens meet for coffee, or tea in my case, and the conversation flows naturally because you have already built rapport. Social media gets a bad rep however I think it can be incredibly useful.
What is one pieces of advice that you would give creatives in how to find purpose and balance in their life and business? How has this advice played out in your own life and business?
Look for creativity in everything, when you walk your dog, go out to dinner with a friend, sit upside down, change perspective, challenge your views. Be open minded to new ideas, collaborations and perspectives. Sometimes the best ideas come when I am just being introspective and looking at things from a different angle.
Connect with Jodi...
Facebook: Jodi Hutton Photography