Straight from the newly well-funded Complex Magazine comes an inspiring article about the newest type of entrepreneur on the scene today. Jake Osmun is the epitome of the modern-day self-made man using the most basic resources a kid has these days to grow his reach. With nothing more than an instagram and a fortunate spot working at Virgil Abloh’s venture RSVP Gallery, he took himself from grinding in the dark to bright and sunny days.
Now Jake Osmun is Vic Mensa’s personal tour photographer and has moved up to a full-time position in the creative department of RSVP Gallery. Not too bad for a kid who suddenly moved to Chicago and had to build himself professionally from the ground up. Did we mention he’s only 20 years old? In terms of inspiration, this article is full of it. Here’s 5 tips this kid can give us from his experiences so far:
When you’re stuck in a professional rut and your circumstances aren’t working out, moving to a new city isn’t a terrible idea. Not only does it freshen things up but it gives you a new sense of confidence that it’s just you out here. Win or lose, thats your choice.
Jake is the perfect example of someone making the most out of what they’ve got. He not only used the usual Instagram (every amateur photographer’s favorite asset) strategy to gain a following but he didn’t neglect in-person networking either. In my experience the people you meet can provide you with make-or-break opportunities simply because you’ve jumped the very big hurdle of “but what are you like in person??”. Once people get a feel that you are who you say you are, things start moving along much quicker.
Jake also used the resources at his job to boost his knowledge and relevance. He cites working at RSVP Gallery as a huge help in terms of gaining “more respect and understanding for clothes, fit, design, colors, and all that”. Remember, soak up all that you can around you. There’s always more valuable information around than there is time to learn it all. Make the most of it.
In life there are two types of people, proactive and reactive. Reactive people wait for something to happen to them. Proactive people go out there and make it happen. While there are people who facilitated Jake’s success along the way and helped him out, it’s no secret that none of it would’ve happened if he didn’t actively put himself in those situations. Moving to Chicago, working in a high-profile spot, broadening his reach on Instagram and even the introduction he initiated at a meet-and-greet with Vic Mensa are all his doing. Get out there and make it happen.
This is one of the most important tips he gave in the interview. In this day and age when we are all our own brand, authenticity is essential. You will get nowhere if your brand isn’t believable and the only way to do that is to be yourself entirely. The second you forget who you are, you forget who your peers are as well. If you never lose sight of the grind and don’t get ahead of yourself, remember to be nice to those around you, one nice interaction can lead to an introduction which can lead another and next thing you know you’re shooting for Vic Mensa.
And there you have it. The fifth and crucial tip. On your road to your dreams, keep going. The limits we have in this life are the ones that we set for ourselves. Make it as far as you can see and once you get there, you’ll be able to see a whole lot more. If you do that over and over there is no limits to what you can accomplish.
Needless to say, we don’t even know this guy and we’re already fans of his. Head to Complex for the entire interview and article.