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EP079: From Freelance to Freedom with Vincent Pugliese

By Chris Peach

Vincent Pugliese rose to fame among the photography world when he became one of the best sports photographers in the world. During his career he has filmed Superbowls, World Series, Stanley Cup finals, multiple Presidents of the United States, and many of the defining moments in history we are all familiar with. Vincent was one of the very best in his field, but there was only one problem: he was making $30k/year and there wasn’t much room for him to make more in his field of work. In addition, he was facing $140k in debt with a new baby to take care of. “Vincent, you have a skill, but you’re not using it correctly.” These was the words of his father which would have a lasting impact on him and change his life forever. Vincent didn’t leave the world of photography but instead made a pivot of the way he would use his skills to generate income. That pivot allowed him to go from making $30k in a year to literally $30k in a day which eventually led him to become fully debt-free...he even paid off the mortgage! In this episode, Vincent and I discuss: How he got started in photography The moment his preparation met the opportunity His ah-hah moment when he would make the pivot Making the pivot from employee to freelancer The importance of building relationships The importance paying off debt had for his life and career   All the show notes, links, and anything Vincent and I mentioned can be found at

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