The Failing to Success podcast has featured an episode with Jonathan Jones, who is the owner of J81 Studios, a commercial photography company. In this podcast episode, Jones talks about how he started his photography career with software he received from his grandfather. He eventually moved to working in the advertising and design field but realized he had a natural talent for photography, which led him to create his company. Jones explains that although running a business is more terrifying, it provides him with the freedom to work from anywhere he chooses. The second year of the business is less hectic than the first, and he has more breathing space to let things flow.
During the interview, Jones was asked about using AI tools. He explained that he was an early adapter of ChatGPT and used it to prepopulate his social calendar in three hours. He also used AI image generators to make background filling for his commercial clients. However, he felt that integrating AI into finish work was not yet there, given the quality of work he produces. Jones also shared some obstacles he faced when starting his business, including the fear of taking a step out the door and going out on his own.
The interview with Jonathan Jones gives insight into how he started his commercial photography company and what it takes to run a successful business. Jones's experience with AI tools offers listeners some guidance on how to utilize them in the photography industry. Moreover, Jones's experience of overcoming the fear of starting his own business can motivate other aspiring entrepreneurs who face similar obstacles.
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Jonathan Jones, who is the owner of J81 Studios: https://j81studios.com/
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00:01:27 Jumping into Entrepreneurship
00:02:08 AI Implementation
00:04:27 Favorite Projects
00:07:36 Finding New Clients
00:09:24 Pivotal Moment
00:10:30 Contact Jonathan