She now works as a social media manager and freelance photographer. She’s informed us that she’s visited 6/7 continents and over 40 countries! You can check out her website or follow her instagram handle @cahnerolson to find out more.
What do you do as a freelance photographer and social media manager?
I have six clients in San Francisco that I work with on a reoccurring basis. Three of them are food businesses, and two are tourist companies on Pier 39, and one is a cancer non-profit. I handle every aspect of their social media from beginning to end. That means planning a social strategy, doing photo shoots, scheduling social posts, and looking at analytics. I also do a bit of graphic design and website work for them.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I love that I get to be my own boss! I can schedule photo shoots, meetings, and work time whenever I want. And if I want to take a day off, I can! As long as I stay up to date on the posts that are going out, I can also travel as much as I want. When I’m home I schedule all of my photoshoots. Then while traveling, I do a majority of my scheduling and planning. I also love that I get to work with a variety of businesses. I’ve learned to much about being an entrepreneur because I work with so many of them. It comes in handy when I have questions about my own business.
How did studying abroad contribute to your social media and photography career?
My time in Paris was when I really started taking photography seriously. It was the first trip I went on where I had a nice DSLR camera, so I got some great images to add to my portfolio. I also made a video of my time in Europe, which was the first video I published on my own social channels! You can find that here. It was on Vimeo but I switched it to Youtube once I started my own channel.
I also fell in love with traveling after my semester with ISA. Being able to travel is a huge reason I wanted to start my own business and work for myself. I have so many places I want to see and I want to make that a priority while I’m young, and not spend my time hoping I get more vacation days at a corporate job.