Future Dragon #7: Jesse Hebert

Dragons' Den and Kevin O'Leary are happy to announce our seventh Future Dragon Fund winner: Jesse Hebert!

Watch Jesse's video submission above to hear his pitch to Kevin and check out our interview with him below! Jesse is a photographer whose portfolio and business can be found at www.jessehebertphotography.com Check it out!.

"I was so shocked when I found out. I’ve never been so shocked about anything in my life! I’m so grateful for everything this contest has provided. I think it’s a good push and has really motivated me to push my business to go further."

Jesse is a grade 12 student at St. Anne Catholic High School in Lakeshore, ON.

"I’m just so grateful for this opportunity for the contest to be around for me to enter in the first place and it’s just really inspired and motivated me to make this business a reality. I just wanted to thank everyone that was a part of it."

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Meet the seventh winner of the Future Dragon Fund!


DRAGONS’ DEN: How did you hear about the “Future Dragon Fund” contest?
JESSE: My mom was watching the Lang and O’Leary exchange and Kevin had mentioned something about the contest along with his photo exhibition. She called me right away, two weeks later I submitted my video.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Why did you decide to apply and what was your pitch?
JESSE: I decided to apply because over the past year I’ve been trying to build my business up. The biggest obstacle I had was expenses. My pitch was a freelance photography business. With my business I want to create a brand and differ myself from all of the other photography businesses out there. I eventually want to have a staff of photographers where people can come, apply and work for me.

DRAGONS’ DEN: How will you invest the money?
JESSE: I’m going to invest the majority of money in equipment such as camera bodies, lenses, a flash and a studio set. I’ve already made business cards but I want to buy more and extend the domain for my website for a longer period of time. I will also use the money to help get exposure and will start advertising and marketing to help promote my business.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Where do you see yourself in five years and what are some of your goals?
JESSE: In 5 years I would like to have a building dedicated to a gallery and studio where clients can come and look at my work. I would also like to get into video so I can provide both mediums of work.

DRAGONS’ DEN: How did you feel about winning $5000 and what difference will the money make in your life?
JESSE: I was so shocked when I found out. I’ve never been so shocked about anything in my life! I’m so grateful for everything this contest has provided. I think it’s a good push and has really motivated me to push my business to go further.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Tell us about your other passions and hobbies?
JESSE: My other passion right now is videography. I really like how it gives you the ability to tell more of a story than photography does. I’m hoping with this equipment it will let me work on photography and videography.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Who is your inspiration/who do you look up to?
JESSE: I’m inspired by a lot. In terms of photographers: Simon Powell, Michael David Adams, The Wade Brothers. My biggest photography inspiration is Alex Prager, she creates such beautiful images, you can tell there’s a lot that goes behind the image before she even goes to take the picture. I would definitely argue that she’s the greatest photographer of our time. My upcoming work is inspired from her.

DRAGONS’ DEN: Who is your favourite Dragon?
JESSE: I love all the Dragons but I would pick Kevin and Bruce. They are opposites but I like how Kevin is able to look at a business pitch and right away he can see the pitfalls before they happen. He can see the future almost. I really like Bruce’s character, he seems to base his decisions on morals rather than a big profit. If Bruce is presented a big idea that has a big profit and was unethical I don’t think he wouldn’t go for it.

“I’m just so grateful for this opportunity for the contest to be around for me to enter in the first place and it’s just really inspired and motivated me to make this business a reality. I just wanted to thank everyone that was a part of it.”