Interview with Naeem Seirafi (@naeempix)

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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 started photography in 2003 as a professional set photographer when I was 18. In 2010 I attended the MFA cinematography program at the New York Film Academy and right after that started my professional cinematographer. Since then I’ve become a top graduate of ASC Master Class and a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.

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

In 2016 I shot a feature film called “In This Gray Place” which is available on all platforms. This movie had a huge success in a lot of festivals including Twin Cities and Dances with Films. Right after that, I shot a comedy called “1st Born” with iconic Val Kilmer and Denise Richards. Recently my name and knowledge panel as a professional cinematographer was verified by Google.

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

Having a successful career in the movie industry requires patience and consistency. Never give up and dream big.

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? 

I’m very thankful to my mentors Michael Pessah ASC, Steven Shaw ASC, Dan Laustsen ASC, and my official mentor Christopher Chomyn ASC.

Last year in July I had a chance to fly to New York City and meet Dan Laustsen in person. Such a humble guy and an amazing artist. We spent around an hour going through every cinematic aspect of his movie John Wick 3.

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

I shot a music video called “Forgotten Promises” for the United Nations which brings awareness to the hunger in the horn of Africa. All the revenue of this video has been spent to feed people with the help of the world food program. This video has so far reached 32 million views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKV2oeS4vw8

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

Dreams ain’t a matter of chance but a matter of choice. Since I was a kid I always dreamed big. I always told myself, if someone did it I can do it better. It’s been a long journey, and I’m sure there is a long road ahead of me but I still don’t stop dreaming.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

My Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram ID is naeempix.

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