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EXCLUSIVE: 'Like A Boss' Photographer Just Proved Why Shooting Your Shot ‘Out Of Your League’ Can Land You Your Dream Job

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Eli Joshua Adé – the head photographer for the movie Like A Boss – shared with TheyYBF.com how shooting his shot with a Hollywood heavyweight landed him his dream job! Details inside…

Eli Joshua Adé –the head photographer for Like A Boss – is proof that if you just take a chance on yourself it could lead you into rooms you’d never thought you’d be in.

The Jacksonville native started his career as a Merchant Seaman after joining the Marine Corps, but he knew “there was something more” he was supposed to be doing. He attended Tallahassee Community College and then decided to move to Atlanta and got the photography bug. He purchased two video cameras and started making videos for people for free.

After creating incredible bodies of work for free, he ended up landing the opportunity to be introduced to British hottie Idris Elba. The Beasts of No Nation actor invited him on the road with him for about a year and Eli captured moments for him while on the road. Idris was so impressed with his work, he asked Eli if he wanted to join him in LA where he was shooting the movie Obsessed, which also starred Beyonce.

”One day he [Idris Elba] says, ‘Well I’m going to LA to shoot the movie Obsessed and he was like, ‘Do you want to go?’ and I was like ‘Yeah, do you want me to video on set?’ and he was like ‘No. You’re going to be my assistant,” Eli told YBF correspondent Shayla Rae during a sitdown interview.

Eli said he didn’t know anything about being an assistant, but he took the job.

”So we went out there and that’s where I met [producer] Will Packer. When we came back from Obsessed, Idris went back to the UK. And I was like, ‘I want to keep doing this some kind of way.’ I called Will – not knowing any better. It’s kind of like when you’re educated, you’ll be a fool. If you follow this perimeter, you end up not taking certain chances.”

So, Eli got Will Packer on the phone to shoot his shot at his dream job.

”I called Will and asked him if he needed anything done and he was like ‘Yeah, call my office manager and see.’ I literally – for like 3 or 4 years – worked in the basement of Rainforest [Films], moving boxes around, going to get lunches for free, but I knew this was like a means to the end.”

Eventually he ended up getting a paid job as an office PA. He then met “First Wives Club” actor RonReaco Lee who suggested Eli as a photographer on a project and that job led to more gigs. Look at him now! He said in the beginning, he knew nothing about still photography and ended up teaching himself by watching videos on YouTube. Imagine that!

Eli has worked on several films, including Night School, How High 2, LITTLE, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween, and more. He has also done photography for a few TV shows as well, including “Being Mary Jane,” “Greenleaf,” “The Quad,” and more.

Shoutout to Eli for shooting his shot and making it BIG!

Don't let anyone tell you what you CAN'T do!

At this week's Hollywood red carpet premiere...

Like A Boss star Tiffany Haddish - along with the rest of the cast, Billy Porter, Salma Hayek, Jacob Latimore, Caroline Arapoglou, Jennifer Coolidge, and Rose Byrne - attended the NYC premiere of the new comedy film at the SVA Theatre recently.

EMMY winner Billy Porter came dressed to impress with his husband Adam Smith by his side.

After the premiere, the cast hit up the afterparty:

Fun times!

Like A Boss hits theaters TODAY!

Photos: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures/Eli Joshua Ade

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