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Daily Inspiration: Meet Erin Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Hill.

Hi Erin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
As a lifelong dancer, I have always danced to the beat of my own drum. Born in Maryland and raised in Bermuda, I trained extensively in a variety of dance forms since the age of 2.

I currently work as a freelance photographer (check out @erinpointandshoot on Instagram) and model. Formerly, I was a cheerleader for the Washington Capitals. I have received acclaim for my dances on TikTok and have garnered more than 50k followers to my channel.

Before getting into social media, I worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years until I decided that I wanted to work for myself and explore my creative side more. After quitting the industry, I started to pursue food photography part-time in New York while still living in Washington, DC.

After a year of building my portfolio and networking, I was able to turn my dream as a full-time digital content creator into reality.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Life has definitely been far from smooth for me. The biggest struggle for me is maintaining my creativity without getting burnt out in the process. Since I am my own boss, it’s no one else’s job except my own to make a decent income and if I’m not motivated to create content, then I won’t have money for that month. I’ve learned to allow myself to take breaks that way my mind isn’t in a constant state of anxiety.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
As a digital content creator, I do it all. When I was first getting my start, I started off as a food photographer where I’d mainly work with small businesses like coffee shops, restaurants, etc.

Now, I currently do event photography (by special request) and portrait photography along with food photography. My personal brand is also my job so I also do freelance modeling work as well. Since beginning my freelance career and my work has been featured in numerous publications such as Washingtonian Magazine, DC Magazine, Washington Business Journal, and more.

I’m most proud of my recent publication in Washingtonian because its the first time I’ve been featured on the cover of a magazine. What I believe sets me apart from the others is that I’m a native Washingtonian always working towards highlighting the small businesses that are here in the DMV. I believe I offer a unique and rare perspective.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I think the thing that surprises most people about me is my age. I look a lot younger than I am and when I tell people that I’m almost 30 they look at me in a different light, not sure if it’s in a good or bad way though.

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