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Meet Christina Merrion

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Merrion.

Hi Christina, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Photography was always sorted of an “off and on” hobby for me since my youth. I remember having disposable cameras and taking the film to get developed at Walmart. After obtaining my Master’s degree, I was having a hard time finding a job. Initially, I turned to photography just to get me by, but in early 2018, it hit me like, “I can really do this for the rest of my life and be happy.” At that point, I decided to strictly do sports photography and started going by “Chrissy Hussle.” “Chrissy” is a family nickname, and “Hussle” derives from me being a Nipsey Hussle fan since he dropped “Crenshaw.” Almost three years later, the marathon continues.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. The struggle of deciding if and when to become a full-time photographer was definitely difficult. Sometimes I get down on myself if I feel stagnant, but I’m thankful to have a family and friends to keep me in check. My motto is always, “You won’t know if you don’t try.” Kind of cliche, but it works for me. As long as you are committed to progress and you are committed to success, you are going to figure it out based on survival and necessity.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in sports photography, mainly basketball. I used to playback in the day, so basketball will always hold a special place in my heart. What am I most known for? I guess I’d say people know my work, but not me. I’ve been to several places, and I’ll introduce myself, and they’ll be like, “Oh, you’re Chrissy Hussle. I like your work.” I’m an introvert, so I kind of find that cool. If anything sets me apart from others, I would say it’s that I don’t quit. I’m like the gnat at the barbecue, I’m just going to keep coming back. I’m currently focused on utilizing everything I’ve learned in the last few months to make this my year of separation.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I would say just being blessed with the opportunity to live within yards of most of my family. I got the chance to be with my first cousins almost every day, and we’re all basically like brothers and sisters.

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