Interview with Earl Barlow (@Slicktwothree)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I watched all types of movies as a kid from black and white, to westerns, Kong Fu, Action, Sci-fi and comedies! I fell in love with the art form and knew before I graduated Hi school that this is what I wanted to do.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

In 2007 I was working on a TV show for the Sci-if channel with Stanley from marvel comics. The show was called “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” season 2. It was my first camera assistant job offered to me by my good friend Craig Borders. I remember one particular day we were shooting a scene on a green screen platform outside. Stanley Lee was on that platform and fell off during the shoot. I saw him going down quickly rushed over and caught him before he hit the ground. He looked up and said thank you, young man, and keep it pushing! Lol.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

If you want to thrive and not burn out in this industry, learn to adapt to your environment. You can plan for weeks, even months to a sure that everything goes smoothly. But on the day of the shoot everything may be a go, but definitely not smoothly! Stay calm be flexible adapt to the situation. Never panic, rely on your creativity and vision to guide you through a successful shoot!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

There’s a few people I am very grateful that I met that helped me along my journey like Craig Borders, Josh Richards, Mark Pitts, Thomas “Tom Cat” Bennett, Russel “Block” Spencer, Mona Scott-Young, Lynnette Granville, Khalif Breaux, Lashan Browning, Wanda Shelley, Jamail Shelton, and Paris Bauldwin. All played big a part in me being where I am today. I have some pretty interesting set related stories with all of them, The best set life stories have always happened with my good friend Joe Stallworth.

Joe and I used to always have a friendly competition between the two of us over who will get the best B-Roll shots. We were never trying to outdo One another, but push each other to be better! And it worked because Joe is one of the best directors of photography guys in the business today! Joe’s modo is “living life through a lens” with positive energy!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I do the best I can to give back as much as possible. Because if it wasn’t for someone helping me back in the earlier stages, I would have never had a start.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

If I had a life lesson quote, it would be, “Sleep On Money Wake Up Broke”. Physical rest is definitely important to maintain positive energy. But if you’re mental mindset is lazy or has no hustle. Then you “sleeping” which would also be the reason why you are broke. Stop complaining and take responsibility for your own actions! Stop dreaming and wake up because nothing happens while you sleep, not even something!

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

My Instagram is @SlickTwoThree

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