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Greg Noire: Profile + Interview

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Greg Noire: Interview
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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Life, Love and Family, respectively.

Life inspires me. Love fuels all passions. Family strengthens me.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I’m Greg. Simply stated. Being “Greg” encompasses a guy who is no more, or less, a creator. It’s what I do every single day.

Why do you do what you do?

All I want to do is what I’m doing now, just on a greater scale. I love being a photographer and I’m grateful that I can make a living from doing what I am absolutely enamored by.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

After shooting my first concert for a Houston-based rap group (The Niceguys), I waqs 100% sold. There’s no other way I felt that I should be making a living. Shooting live music is the best.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I’d say the toughest thing I had to do is change my way of thinking. A lot of my thoughts were negative for a while, and that’s probably how most of the people walking this Earth are-they’re just unaware because it’s the norm. Negativity is normal. I use to deal with thoughts of inadequacy and feeling like the work that I was producing wasn’t up to par with a lot of other photographer. I feel that since my thoughts were negative, my actions would reflect, thus putting out more negative energy into my life. My wife put me on to the Law of Attraction, which simply states that” like” attracts “like”, and that whatever you put out in to the world, you will receive back-karma, if you will. I started to change my outlook and output to positivity, and I my life has been amazing ever since. I owe my wife everything for the ally-oop.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Photographer Aviva Klein’s interview on Life & Times really resonated with me. I’ve watched it like 20 times. She said something that was extremely impactful, yet simple. It was something around the lines of “a lot of people aren’t doing what they love to do for a living….why?” Great question. Life is way too short to not spend it doing what you love.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Man, where the hell do I start? One major mistake I made was knowing that I didn’t like some of my earlier work, but not doing anything to do switch it up or create a new style. I was just going with the motions of being a photographer without actually being one. There was a couple of years what I was making good money doing the standard graduations and weddings, which is fine, but it’s not really me-at least not the way I was going about it. I was using other creator’s styles as a template, and I would just fill in the spaces with my work, pretty much.  Once I figured out who I was as a photographer, I started actually feeling like one, and it shows.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

My number 1 goal is putting on a special event later on this year. I’ll keep it hush-hush for now, but it’s definitely going to be amazing.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Keep it positive. Stay humble. Be grateful. Be gracious. Love yourself and love others. Keep going. Stay young.

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Greg Noire: Profile
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Full name

Gregory Ehiabhi Oribhabor

Nome De  Guerre - Greg Noire

Age

29

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Oak Cliff, Texas USA

Where you live now? (city, country)

Houston, TX USA

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Lagos, Nigeria

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

I am a live music & portrait photographer

How long have you been doing it?

Since 2008

Fav Song

That’s tough. I have a few that come to mind. Hurts Me Soul and The Coolest by Lupe Fiasco, Morning Sunrise by Weldon Irvine, 2nd Childhood by Nas, Shiney and New by Mayer Hawthorne, Run to the Sun by N*E*R*D*, Sexy Mama by The Moments,  I can do this for days.  I really can’t pick one.

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Favorite Vocal artist might possibly be Brandon Boyd.

Fav Movie

Man, there’s so many. But I think I’ll go with Citizen Kane, purely because of its influence on me. There are others that I enjoy more, but this film is straight up brilliance and deserves all of the recognition in the world. This is the pinnacle of Film Noir. Rosebud.

Fav Actor/Actress

Leo DiCaprio is that dude. I’m not sure how on Earth this man doesn’t have an Oscar yet. I’m feeling like he’ll finally get one with Iñárritu’s The Revenant.

Fav Clothing brand

At the moment, it’s Publish & Mister. Hashtag maximum comfort.

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

I’m really feeling Hiro Murai’s work. Especially his recent joints with Childish Gambino and Flying Lotus. He’s a genius.

Fav Sport to watch

Football

Fav Sport to play

Do eSports count? If not, football.

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