In order to be great at something you need to put in the work. There are no shortcuts.
Gibson Hazard was fortunate enough to have this mentality at a young age. Whenever he decided he was going to try something new, he was going to put all of his time & effort into it. Whether it was collecting baseball cards, playing baseball, or taking pictures of insects & animals in the woods, he always committed 1000% to his interests.
He suffered several injuries playing baseball at Milton Academy & eventually had to have Tommy John surgery to repair ligaments in his arm. Gibson realized baseball was probably not in his future, and that he needed to change course. His passion for baseball was no longer in his control with the injuries & that's when he picked up the camera & decided he wanted to become one of the best. Over the course of the next few years he put in the work & pushed himself every single day to get just a little bit better.
While looking at colleges he decided to head out West, knowing that even if school didn’t work out for him he would be close to Los Angeles where he knew he could network & grow. After just two months of school he got sick with mono and ultimately decided to drop out and pursue his passion full-time, not sure what was going to happen next.
Even after shooting some of the industry's biggest artists like Drake, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy & more, he's remained humble & is still his biggest critic. Most recently, on tour with Hoodie Allen & William Bolton he switched over from taking photos to capturing videos. It has opened the door to a whole new world of capturing moments. One that he has big plans for. Aside from his age and what he has done in the last few years, Gibson is no different than any of us. He is simply someone who was able to find his passion & hasn’t stopped putting in the work to become great.
Episode takeaway: Even when things don’t pan out to go the way you want them to… trust that they are happening for a reason. Always stay on your toes & be ready for the next opportunity. It will come knocking.
Who is Gibson Hazard today?
Spent most of his childhood in Boston, MA but moved around quite a bit
Whenever he tried something new… he fully committed & wanted to be the best
Student at Milton Academy he had a passion for baseball
Had to get Tommy John Surgery & was exposed to his other passion, photography
Began reaching out to local opening acts for tours to get photo passes to shoot
Doors kept opening up as he started shooting more artists
When it came time for college Gibson went to the west coast, Chapman in OC
Being in Southern CA would give him more opportunities to grow & build
Caught mono within first couple months of school & decided to drop out
Got back to LA & decided he was going to put all his time into perfecting his craft
Went to Europe with Hoodie Allen & William Bolton for a tour
Started getting into the video side & began putting out recaps after every show
Forced himself to get better for every video that he put out
Found creative ways to get himself into concerts that he didn’t have a connection
Made fake “press passes” that got him into Bryson Tiller & Post Malone shows
Utilizing any minute of his day to make progress & push him forward
Biggest recommendations for what people should NOT do when building relationships
Spend time getting great at your craft before you start pushing it
Don’t be annoying & bother people until you’re ready to step up to the plate
What Gibson wishes he could change about the world
More people were able to find their passion & trying to make things happen
Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see?
Transitioning from an audience only focused in music industry to people outside of it
Ask Bobbbaaay 1 question
Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
Where to find Gibson on social
What 2-3 pieces of advice would you give to someone trying to find their passion/purpose?
Do what you think is “cool” & actually do it
To do something well you need to start it so give something new a try