We had the good fortune of connecting with Brynn Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brynn, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
My favorite book of all time is Lita Ford’s memoir, Living Like A Runaway. I first picked it up when I was in high school, and I was around the same age that Lita was when she first found her success with The Runaways. Although I focus mostly on music photography, I am also a guitarist and a bassist. Because of this, there were a lot of things I could relate to in her book. She goes in-depth on what it was like being a young female in the music industry and tells stories about tricky situations she had found herself in. I think that in an industry like the music industry there isn’t anything more valuable than learning from other people’s mistakes and listening to what they wish they had done differently. I constantly draw inspiration from women like Lita Ford and other women that were some of the first to be involved in the rock side of the music industry such as Vixen, Doro, and Femme Fatale. Lita’s book was a huge source of inspiration for me as a young girl, and it also prepared me for a lot of things I wouldn’t have expected going into the music business as a woman. I am also lucky enough to have many of these women willing to answer any questions I may have and mentor me when I may need the help, which is something I never would’ve expected to come out of networking and shooting their shows. It blows my mind how uplifting and kind they are to us younger girls coming into the industry, and I don’t think I would be on the career path I’m on without having read Lita’s book or having met some of these path paving women.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am currently a 17-year-old music photographer and I study Music Business at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles. I picked up my camera and first brought it to a show when I was 15, and I was unable to get any good shots from that show because I had no clue what I was doing. I learned so much from that experience, including that I had a great passion for capturing moments on stage and sharing them with anyone willing to look. I bought a better lens, started writing for some online music magazines, and continued going to shoot anyone who would allow me to bring my camera. This proved challenging at times because I started at such a young age, and I am a female, oftentimes people didn’t want to take me seriously. I would have to find different connections to be able to bring my camera into venues or gain photo passes, and I often put up with a lot of unnecessary grief from venue security. The benefits of this are that my networking skills have grown a lot in the past few years, and that will never be a bad thing. If I learned anything, I think that it would be to not let things limit you from achieving your dreams, whether it be age, gender, or anything along those lines. I kept my head up, and things got better with every show I was able to shoot. Persistence is a beneficial attribute, and so is being good at finding other ways to do things. Because of this, I’ve been able to shoot some of my favorite artists like The Struts and I Don’t Know How But They Found Me. I always feel like I am progressing with my dreams when I am able to obtain photo passes to artists that I love. So even if you can’t be where you want to be with your profession for whatever reason, there will always be ways that you can practice and grow to prepare for the time when you are ready to be where you dreamed of being.
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 am based in Arizona at this time, and I grew up going to Downtown Phoenix and walking around before shows. The atmosphere is unbeatable and it is so easy to relax there, so that is the first place I would take somebody visiting. The Clever Koi is one of my favorite restaurants downtown, and it is the perfect place to go to eat before going to one of the venues for a show. I adore The Van Buren downtown as well, and it is easily one of my favorite venues to see shows at. It is beautiful with amazing staff, so it is a nice place to have a good time.
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?
When I was first starting my path in music photography, Lorraine Lewis was always willing to answer any questions and was the first person to jump in and support me. I’ve looked up to her for a long time and knowing that she is there if I ever truly need the help or mentorship has been a driving force in my motivation and has astronomically boosted the confidence I have with the path I’ve chosen. She is such a strong woman and somebody who I have so much respect for, and she absolutely deserves a shoutout and recognition in my story.
Personal photo by Patricia Garcia Concert photography by Brynn Edwards