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The Freelancer

William is a Freshman at Lamar University studying communications in media and he is a freelancer. The communications major got interested in freelancing when he was a freshman in high school. “I was in freshman in high school at Westbrook high school here in Beaumont, Texas. I got into using cameras as well as going to certain events such as like football games, homecoming, prom, and dances and stuff like that. And I really got into just being on the other side of the camera, getting to shoot each and every picture and getting to see all the different events and stuff like that as well,” William says. What he does as a freelancer is quite interesting. “I get paid to take pictures video. Sometimes I do drone photography for certain businesses. I do have a classify part 107 FAA license which basically gives a commercial availability to a private  restricted drone pilot. So basically, I can fly anywhere within FAA regulated airspace. So, this gives me any ability to fly a drone in a non-regulated airspace such as a Park and anything like that with the open airspace with being away from two miles away from an airport,” he says. The Beaumont local has been a freelancer for quite a while. “I've been a freelancer for approximately about four years now,” he says. The communications major was inspired to be a freelancer because of his uncle. “My uncle was a journalist for KMFDM, Channel six, from 1993 to 1994. He did the Murrah Federal Building, bombing video from a top of a helicopter, and he was the first person from an aerial shoot that got the video from above. And after that he moved to Fox four in Dallas as a free photojournalist there as well. And ever since then he has inspired me to get into the camera work and get to really know what a camera value is. Because it's photojournalism. If you capture the image, the image tells the story,” he said. The freelancer doesn’t have any plans to stop at the moment. “I plan on doing this for a very long time until I retire,” he says. The Beaumont local has some advice for all who are interested in freelancing but don’t have the courage to do so. “Just be yourself. Be courageous, have your camera look and see what types of different freelancing there are. And just look on Google,” he said.

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