Words by Taylor Seely
Diamond Troutman, a 23-year-old beach girl from California, never thought she’d be working in photography or creative writing, but after studying abroad in Paris and starting her blog, Paris Elsewhere, something clicked. Today, she’s worked with companies like Anthropologie, Madewell, The Style Line, Conscious Magazine and more doing everything from photography to styling to blogging and more.
As a content creator, she’s written 1,000 word articles along with 30 word product descriptions. She’s taken countless photos and carries her camera with her everywhere she goes, as she does the day she visits me at Giant Coffee in downtown Phoenix.
She searches for inspiration and takes her time to ensure the highest quality, but even so, content creation doesn’t go without its challenges.
“Content creation is about telling a story in a second. You need to know how to explain an emotion. You need to be very direct. It’s incredibly hard,” she says.
CitS: What’s your favorite part of being a content creator?
DT: It’s very challenging! You’re always looking for another perspective. You’re looking for a way to tell a story through photography that hasn’t been done before. I think that’s one of the most rewarding things about content creation – everyone’s depiction is different. Through social media, it’s become even more important to find the right way to tell that story. Sometimes it’s just imagining different scenarios and finding another way to depict something. It can be really tough though because it’s a new profession and there’s so many people doing it. So when you see that stuff saturated online, you kind of question, am I doing this right? But what I love about content creation is there isn’t really a right way to do it.
Read the complete interview on Couture in the Suburbs.