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William Cherry: Profile + Interview

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William Cherry: Interview


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

Creativity, Innovation, Love, Determination, Drive

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

I am a provider who knows when to turn on the serious switch. I am an overachiever, a very purpose driven individual who believes that you can do whatever it is you set your mind to and give 100% to. I am good at being self motivated and managing my time wisely.I have a deeper appreciation for art all around, for the subtleties you come across in everyone's unique style. I love to set out and accomplish what some may consider impossible. While doing all of that I remain cool, calm, and collected. Especially during the most chaotic and pressuring of times.


Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do to inspire. To plant a visual memory in someone's head.To freeze a moment that only comes around one time. To save that moment. To leave an imprint in someone's life, while compiling a visual time capsule of my own journey.


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

I knew this is what I wanted to do one day when I was thinking about my interest and just how I've always been into photography and I never paid attention to it but looking back I remember always wanting to take the picture or hold the camera, I wanted to be behind the lense. So I figured I'd take it serious and try my hand at it with some serious effort. So I ordered a t5i and while I was waiting for that to come in I played around with a Fuji DSLR my dad had laying around. I then self taught myself everything I know. Once I received the t5i in the mail it was like a kid in a candy store. I was able to actually put to work these countless hours of self teaching on a vision I had for a shoot. I was able to get the shot I imagined and to see what my mind thought of manifest itself was an unspeakable feeling. to have it come out and have my fingerprint on it as to say this is a Peter Parker shot. I knew that I had what it took to make a living off of my talents. So that I can actually do what I love doing as a job. No longer dis liking the thought of going to work because that is not what I am passionate about.


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

The toughest thing I've had to overcome to do this is my self and how I critiqued myself so hard. Because I would see these photos by other people and just know that I could do that and maybe have gotten a better shot but what I had in front of my face wasn't saying that. But as I continued to practice and grow  and study more I could see the improvement in my work and that just gave me the confirmation that it's only a matter of time until I am noticed and people start to look to me for work and my style of doing things.

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

I would have to say just being in the art scene in my city it is very inspiring to see people you know personally have such great success. And to be amongst greatness inspires one to be great themselves.


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

A mistake I made from my journey is swerving in everyone else's lane. I was trying all kinds of stuff. stuff I really wasn't into, stuff that I was doing just to try to be cool. I felt uncomfortable in what I was doing and so I felt that it showed in the work that I was producing. I'm more aware now of learning to pull inspiration from places while at the same time keeping my values intact without having to feel like I'm sacrificing anything.


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

I am currently working on a Day to Day Vlog series for a local up and coming music artist in my city. I also have 3 music videos to shoot within the next 5 weeks. Once those are up I have a few shoots of my own that I want to set up and get done. I also plan on relocating within the next year to help further my career and come across different opportunities. Lastly, I do plan on upgrading my camera by the end of the year as well going From a t5i to a d70.


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

I would tell people that life is unpredictable and the best advice I could give would be "Adjust to the changes in conditions." Not everything will go according to plan weather good or bad.


Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

As I set out in this journey into photography I had these grand expectations to make a living off of this and to never look back. The recognition and feedback I receive is beyond my expectations and is constantly pushing me to get better. I will always be happy as long as I get to shoot.



William Cherry: Profile


Full name

William T. Cherry III



Place of Birth? (city, country)

Philadelphia, USA

Where you live now? (city, country)

Richmond, USA

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

Dad; Philadelphia, USA Mom: New Orleans, USA

First Language?


What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Supervisor at UPS

How long have you been doing it?

2 years

Fav Song

She Don’t Want a Man - Curren$y

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer


Fav Movie


Fav Actor/Actress

Angelina Jolie

Fav Clothing brand

Urban Outfitters ‘Feathers’

Fav Artist (in any art form)

Christopher Nolan

Fav Sport to watch


Fav Sport to play






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