What do you love about your job?
I love it when you're in the middle of editing and you really get into the zone. It's like that runner's high, where you've been editing for two or three hours, and suddenly, everything just starts flowing. You know exactly what to do and what it will look like, and your hands can't even keep up with your imagination. You're producing some of your best content, and it's coming out fast. It's that sort of moment when it feels like divine intervention, like someone else is directing you and telling you exactly what you need to hear.
What or who inspired you to start your own business?
My dad is an entrepreneur, and he has been for much of his life. He did freelance software engineering before he retired, so I always had that backing for that entrepreneurial spirit. I'd been interested in film since sophomore year of high school, and I always thought the only way in was through Hollywood -style film. The world of commercial editing and videography opened up after I did a wedding video and an instructional cheese-making video. I just happened to be the kid of the family friend who knew a little about video and owned a camera, so they brought me on board. It's been six years since I started doing freelance video, and a lot of what I learned has been through trial and error. Some of it came from informational interviews with pros in the industry, or those folks with their own small studios doing local video work.
Describe your most memorable project.
My first project on Thumbtack was the most memorable because it was the proof of concept for this website. When we joined Thumbtack, it was brand new, and we had no idea what it was or how it worked. We got a big job doing some motion graphic work for a website/widget release within just a few weeks, which was awesome. The client and I still have a working relationship. We've produced three additional videos for them since we first found each other on Thumbtack.