Normal working day
I rarely have a 'normal' working day. It’s always a diverse mix of organising events, meeting customers in their studios and working on longer term projects to develop the photographers of the future. Thus no two days are ever the same - we are surrounded by the constant evolution of our customer's work. In many ways it is an honour to represent this brand.
My work day typically starts at our new Tokyo office/studio in the heart of Harajuku area, recently designed by a Hasselblad enthusiast who is also an architect. It’s a great place to work.
Out of my varied responsibilities I particularly love working with our customers, it gives me tremendous energy working with creative individuals, moreover I find it fascinating photographically, as I also get to learn and understand how different people's perspectives can be.
To do my job you need to listen more than you talk to understand what is needed. Our customers are the experts and by embracing their creativity and ingenuity my job is simple, to work together for the benefit of our customers. Of course a good understanding of photography and an appreciation for art helps!
Challenges in my role
Hasselblad has given me an amazing career opportunity. I joined the company less than two years ago to manage sales in the Asia Pacific region and I have now been given a dreamlike opportunity to setup and run a Hasselblad subsidiary in Japan, a country where I have spent a lot of my working life. Setting up a new company in Japan has certainly been challenging, beyond and above any language challenges. Moreover many of the day to day 'challenges' are all part of the opportunity of working for a small company - if you enjoy getting involved and making things happen this is a great place to be. When I was younger I was always told the best career was to find a job where you get paid to do what you enjoy. In this I am very fortunate to have found Hasselblad.
As we are a small company there's a fabulous hands on attitude from our people, having so many jobs keeps you fresh and aware of working together. We have so many truly talented individuals I am frequently amazed by the skill sets within our company.
As staff we benefit from photographic training both internally and on the job with our customers, of course we also get to use the cameras and truly understand the difference that explains why professionals invest in our equipment. Moreover my colleagues and I have had extensive opportunities to travel and see parts of the world that you might not otherwise see.