We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex McClung and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alex, how do you think about risk?
Risk is what drives me everyday to keep going, especially in this business taking risks helps build your self and your name. Without risk I would not be in the position I am in today.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a young creative, I feel like my age and style of photography sets me apart from others when I started photographing the car scene in San Diego I was the first one to start using film, and because of that I gained a heavy following because my work is was so different. I’m proud to call myself mature for my age, and in this business you need to know what you are doing to succeed and, meeting new people through my work, they have told me that I’m way ahead of my age because of my work ethic and mentality. I have gotten to where I am today through gaining connections, that being said I also work for a media company by the name of “24frames” which I have made some great friends, shout out Kato, Evan, and Brandon, those guys have really been great role models for me, but I’m not satisfied with where I am today I still have a lot of room for improvement and I feel like it is only the beginning. Some of the most important things that I have learned since I started is that connections are the most valuable thing in this industry, to me connections are worth more than money because in order to succeed in this industry you need to know people, and that’s why I love doing what I do because I love meeting new people. I just want people to know that a kid from Southern California followed his dreams and did the opposite of what his parents told him to do with his life and succeed in life.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d first take them to Marine Street beach in La Jolla because where my friends and I go especially during summer, then I would take them Convoy St. in Kearny Mesa and explore all of the amazing Asian restaurants. We would definitely have to go to “Vintage Threads and Grails” in Pacific Beach to shop for vintage clothing, and stop by Nelson’s Photo store in Point Loma to go get some film and meet the amazing staff that have been producing my negatives for me!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this to the people that have helped me throughout this on going journey that I call a career, you know who you are.

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