We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Gilbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always had a love for videography and the art and music scene in Austin. After I had quit my job working in video marketing and advertising, I wanted to focus on helping the art and music scene in Austin grow through video production. Once I got a hold of a cheap video camera and some lenses from a pawn shop, I started asking around for anyone looking for free video production so I could practice my craft while providing a service to a community I wanted to lift up. Eventually, I was comfortable enough to start charging clients and I was able to build a small side hustle out of something I love to do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Studio Gilbii is a group dedicated to lifting up artists and musicians through the power of video. We focus on the production side of things so the creatives we work with can focus on their craft. I’m proud to provide a means for creatives to share their art with the world without breaking the bank or stressing about how to make their vision a reality. The biggest lesson I learned is: Do what you can to provide a safe and comfortable space for clients so they can be their best selves. It’s especially hard to be yourself on camera, so if there is anything we can do to make the filming process easier for the people we work for, we do it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, I would want them to try La Cocina De Consuelo. That place has some of the most authentic Mexican food in Austin! I also love hanging out at Butler Park and Mt Bonnel. On the weekends, you can find me at the Alamo Drafthouse. Some of my favorite places are near water like Mozart’s Coffee House, so we’d hit that up, too. If we were looking to get some drinks, I would take them to South Austin Beer Garden, where they got like 60 beers on tap.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I attribute a lot of my success to Alex Murphy. He gave me my first job in visual storytelling and I consider him my first mentor and friend in the business. A lot of what I know, I learned in the environment he created with his company and I have been able to apply that to the work I produce now. He also taught me the importance of networking and many of the contacts I have in the professional and art space can be traced back to him.
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Photos by Hannah Laamoumi, Raul Ochoa, and Kelsey Peterson.