So Money - Episode 286

Elias Weiss Friedman

The Dogist

If you’re a dog lover today’s podcast is totally for you! Elias Weiss Friedman is the star, or cameraman I should say, behind the insanely popular blog and Instagram account The Dogist, which shares daily portraits of adorable dogs out and about on the streets to over 1 million followers. Wow.  This has become such a hit since first launching in 2013 that the idea also translated into a book, which came a few weeks ago entitled, The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs.

After graduating from Boston University in 2010, Elias moved to New York City where he worked at a major brand strategy agency for two years until being laid off.  During this time he was inspired to be involved in a business venture that was more creative and authentic so he decided to combine his two passions, dogs and photography.  From there the rest is history.

Three takeaways from our interview today include:

  1. Making a great living as a photographer – how to differentiate yourself.
  2. The power of Instagram and how it can build your business. Elias has over 1 million followers.
  3. Why dogs? I mean I know they’re cute, but why not cats? Why not babies?

If you’d like to learn more about Elias Weiss Friedman, visit his website and his Instagram and Twitter @TheDogist.

One of my favorite quotes from our interview: “I would say whatever it is that you’re into, get the best of it. ” – Click to Tweet


November is all about giving back at So Money!
I’ve partnered with Joe Saul-Sehy, host of the Stacking Benjamins podcast to host a charity fundraiser/competition the entire month. He and I have each selected a personal charity and our goal is to raise tons of money with your help. 
The So Money charity is THON, a dance marathon and the largest student-run philanthropy held at Pennsylvania State University (my alma mater!) that helps raise money and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. You can donate here.
The Stacking Benjamins charity is Texas 4000, a 4,000 mile bike ride that University of Texas students take to raise money for cancer research and cancer related causes. You can donate here.
The podcast that receives the MOST money for its charity will win the chance to write the introduction to the other person’s podcast in January (buhahah!) 
We’ll keep you updated throughout the month!



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