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What is the most enjoyable part of what you do?
The most enjoyable part is dealing with people and learning about them, and how to portray them properly. That is really fun. (Film making) gives me the opportunity to do that in an intimate way. (As a film maker), you can’t be in a passive position.
How do you define success for your business?
For me, success is being able to pay the rent and just keep working. When you’re working for yourself, you’re always trying to find business and work that you feel good about. That takes a lot of energy. You are like a shark: you have to keep moving, or you will sink.
What are some of the advantages and drawbacks of doing business in this area?
(This area) is pretty laid back. I think in a more populated area it would be a lot more stressful. I work with many people here in the tourism industry. They are very connected to the community. That is important in the work that I am doing. In a more populated area, it would be a lot different. Here, we have no traffic jams.
As for disadvantages, there is probably more business in a more populated area, and in the winter, it gets difficult to do things outdoors. A lot of my business happens during the warmer months. It’s hard to shoot in sub-zero weather.
What sets you apart from your competitors?
I’m good at telling a story. That’s what you have to be good at in this business — putting stories on video that that they make sense and so that the person (being filmed) feels represented correctly.
What advice would you give to someone trying to enter your field of work?
I would tell them to just shoot everything and everyone you can think of, and practice, practice, practice. You’ve got to make a nuisance of yourself. Shoot, shoot, shoot and then edit. It takes a long time to really develop a style and technical skill. You need to practice a lot.
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