Episode 144 - Danilo Lewis : Take The Risk Into The Unknown

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Danilo Lewis is an artist, lifestyle and touring photographer for The Chainsmokers. While working full-time in the finance world and mastering his creative craft on the side, more and more opportunities started knocking on his door to the point he quit his job to pursue his new one, traveling the world as a full-time photographer. Some of his past clients include ZEDDFlorida Georgia Line and Steve Aoki. He believes his purpose is to show people that it can be done. 

In this Episode Danilo discusses how we tend to be our biggest critic, we must always be prepared for any opportunity, why we should go out of our way to shake hands with everybody, putting in the effort will help you stand out from the crowd, it’s our responsibility to share the knowledge we learn and how we must take the risk into the unknown.

Podcast Outline (Time Markers For Audio Version Only)

  • Biggest hurdle to getting to where he is today: staying original and standing out from a saturated market of content creators (6:10)

  • You always have to try to be better (11:55)

  • Born in Nicaragua, lived in Puerto Rico and Antigua before moving to Potomac, Maryland at 14 (12:30)

    • Parents saw the importance of exposing him and his older sister to the world & different cultures 

  • Father was an entrepreneur, mother was a painter (16:05)

    • Always with his mother, Danilo gravitated towards creative / photography

  • Attended University of Maryland. Majored in business (19:40)

    • Wanting to follow his father's footsteps, he choose to major in business 

    • A life changing trip to Japan his senior year (23:25)

  • Graduates college, gets a full-time job working in the finance world (27:15)

    • Started as a financial advisor and then wealth management 

  • Wanting to do something creative, he kept working on his photography craft (28:50)

    • Became a staff photographer at Club Glow, Lima Restaurant and Lounge 

  • Working at Club Echostage is where he learned touring photography, concert photography & festival photography (31:10)

    • Club owners/promoters are growing he’s working with are growing, so is he

    • It’s better to be prepared (33:10) 

  • After 5 years and not wanting to miss opportunities, he quits his job to go full-time with photography (35:10)

    • Take the risk into the unknown (35:40)

  • Has worked numerous music festivals : Hangout Music Festival, Firefly, Mysterland, Country Flow Festival (37:25)

    • Lives by “if you have the chance to shake hands with someone backstage, do it” you never know who you’re going to meet

    • Make people remember you. If not - out of sight, out of mind

  • Relationship with The Chainsmokers started in 2014 at Electric Zoo (41:10)

    • Consistently followed up with their management until he got the “yes” to shoot for them 

    • If there’s something you want, go for it (41:50) 

  • Just wrapped Europe + Asia tour with The Chainsmokers and getting ready for 42 city stadium tour with them starting in September (46:35)

    • Biggest touring misconception about touring: that it’s a party 24/7

    • Day to day routines of touring 

    • Lesson he’s learned from working with Alex & Drew : Dedication & effort 

  • Working with ZEDD, Steve Aoki & Florida Georgia Line (51:45)

  • Most memorable show thus far in his career (56:40)

    • Montreal for The Memories Do Not Open Tour for The Chainsmokers.18,000+ people 

  • What’s next for Danilo: Taking on a more creative director role for clients (60:25)

  • Moved out to LA in January of 2019 (63:40)

    • It was necessary in order to continue growing his career

  • Knowing what he knows now, 1 advice he’d give to his younger self : be patient (67:25) 

    • He feels it’s now his responsibility to share the knowledge he’s learned

  • Fan question from Lloyd : When shooting show after show, how do you keep coming up with new perspectives? (72:20)

    • Treat the shows like an adventure and challenge yourself to find ways to approach it differently 

  • Greatest strength: His knowledge and effort towards his craft (80:00)

  • If he wrote a book today the title would be: Patiently Put In The Effort (82:10)

  • What he’s most grateful for today: His upbringing (83:00)

  • Danilo’s purpose : to show it can be done (88:05)

  • Getting inspired by Jeremiah Davis aka ThatOneBlondKid (Ep 71 of podcast) (91:00)

  • Ask Bobbay any 1 question: Has there been a guest you’ve had on that hit a nerve that made you want to change anything in your life? (94:45)

  • Where to find Danilo on social media

  • Best advice for finding a passion/purpose (102:20)

    • Find something that is going to bring a smile to you everyday 

    • Be patient 

    • Confidence comes from repeated action