Creator Profile: Candace Molatore - Portland, OR
Hi Candace! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Candace Molatore, I’m a 23 year old Photographer and Social Media Consultant based in Portland, OR.
What is your background (i.e. education, previous jobs, experiences that led you to create)?
I’m currently pursuing my B.A. in Advertising and over the last few years I’ve managed social media accounts and contributed to brands locally and nationally. A few summers ago I took an internship that allowed me access to managing a full scale social media presence online and really got me into digital marketing and consulting.
How did you begin your work as a photographer and creative consultant
I started in Photography fresh out of high school. I focused a lot of my time on it, when I wasn’t shooting I was networking. I worked my way through the city trying different genres to find what I loved most, I did fashion, commercial and portrait photography. At the same time I was spending more time online, helping people and brands to build their audience and tell their story. After my internship I realized then that I wanted to pursue this more. Since then I’ve worked with brands like Forever 21 and Darling Magazine to connect to audiences online.
What makes you passionate about the work that you do?
Telling stories. I really feel that the internet is the best place for people to be themselves. There are so many facets that make us who we are and the internet allows us to express all of them to the fullest extent. I am so passionate about helping brands connect with their audiences in a more meaningful and authentic way!
Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on?
I’ve dabbled a little in music photography and would love the chance to work with a band I love. I was glancing at The Maine’s instagram page the other day and loved how it’s set up. There is such a variety of content from images, to GIFs or BTS videos; they even have a podcast! You get a feel for who they are as a band and also as individuals, it’s a great way of storytelling. I would love to do something similar for my favorite EDM group, Rufus Du Sol.
How has Portland helped shaped the work that you do?
I don’t think I would be doing what I’m doing if I wasn’t in Portland. The creative scene here is like nothing else I’ve experienced. Everyone is so supportive and the community is so tight-knit! We never feel like we’re competing for jobs because we’re all willing to help each other. It’s truly something unique.
What are some of the setbacks or challenges you face with freelancing?
You’re always on the clock. It’s almost impossible to not be working on something. I’ve become somewhat of a workaholic which to me is fine because I love what I do, but at some point you do have to implement a work/life balance. Also, taxes man, just being real; that sucks.
At The Glossary, we believe in women working together and helping one another. Why do you think it is important for women to support each other?
Only women truly know what other women go through on a daily basis. Whether it’s work, life, or mental circumstances, no one knows what a women is facing more than another women. It’s so important that we build each other up, no matter what. Be cool to your fellow sister!
What creative women do you find inspiring?
I feel like I may have said this in another interview, but I am so obsessed with Rihanna right now, and Yara Shahidi. Both women are so incredible in what they do and have such strong messages behind their projects. Nothing is more inspiring to me than women who are candid about who they are and are also inclusive in what they do.
How do you manage your time?
A live and breathe by my calendar, the one on my phone. I’m always updating and making sure it’s synced to my email because if my calendar is off then so am I, haha.
How do you deal with moments of self doubt?
They come often, I feel like people aren’t candid enough about that. I have them at least weekly if not daily!
I’m a super calculated individual so if a decision needs to be made there are times when I will literally make a pro/con list. I’m also working on meditating regularly, my girl Kait Hurley has an amazing online movement and meditation program that has been helping loads! Other times I just reassure myself that if something feels right, it probably is. It’s so important to trust your gut!
Is there something that has really resonated with you recently?
There was an article Briana Weist wrote for Thought Catalog about self care and it really stuck with me. I feel it’s become such a buzzword lately and it brought home the message of what self care really is, and also what it isn’t.
What are you trying to learn right now or what is something that you are wanting to learn?
I recently just got back from Tulum, Mexico and that trip was really eye opening for me. It inspired me to become fluent in Spanish. I took Spanish for 5 years and never became fluent, but after that trip something clicked in me to just do it. So, I’m working on it!
What are some of your favorite places in Portland?
For food you can’t go wrong with Tusk, Paadee or Bamboo Sushi. Amazing restaurants all around and the staff are always kind and everyone that works there is attractive, it’s weird but I’m not complaining! I don’t drink often and I’m not into coffee so if we’re hanging out we’re probably meeting up at Tea Bar. Knot Springs is also a recent fave of mine; the ultimate relaxation spot in town!
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