We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan Guindon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always had a strong passion and desire for storytelling and my own feelings of what looks good and what doesn’t. I’ve always worked under the umbrella of someone else so I would feel boxed in from time to time. It wasn’t a profound thought, but I had it anyway; why not create my own company where I can feed all of my creative energy into it and and see how that goes with those who work with me and those I am creating projects for.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Like a lot of broadcast graduates in the 1990’s I was struggling to find work after college. I was driving home from one dark night through Marlborough, Massachusetts and saw that they had their own television station. I went back the next day and asked if I could be of any help. I volunteered there for six months before getting a full time job. Everything I have become as a professional writer, cameraman, editor, producer and on-air talent came from my roots there. I produced a live, call-in television program called, Talkin’ Sports. It really was ahead of it’s time because it compares to all the ESPN and FOX Sports talking-head shows you see now. However, we did it before those guys!
I ended up being able to run the station for 16 years under the tutelage of a board that really gave me the flexibility to make the station everything I knew it could be. It was a honor and privilege to be there and help some amazingly talented people grow and move on to prosper elsewhere as their careers grew.
Since then I have been able to work in the indie field with some very talented people on a series and some movie projects.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being a native New Englander, that itinerary would be very long! And said friend would have to have a good amount of time or their hands! You can’t be in New England without going to Maine to really experience fresh Maine lobsters. Literally right off the boat, in the pot and on a plate. Fenway Park, baby! I don’t care if you hate the Sox or not. That little, living museum is a place that ALL true baseball fans should go at least once.
The friend has to be visiting at the right time of the year too because if you don’t head up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. There is nothing like the fall colors at peak in those mountains.
And right down the road from Gillette Stadium, the home of my beloved Patriots (going back to the days of my favorites, talking to you Steve Grogan and Andre Tippett) is Lucianno’s Restaurant. Some of the best Italian food you could ever eat!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people I have worked with over the years it would be impossible to name them all. Having said that, I would like to recognize my current business partner and best friend, Chelsea LeSage. Much of my background is in the broadcast field, so 90% of what I have learned in the film industry is due to her teachings and the networking connections she has provided. The other one that stands out the most is family for the support and love they show me, along with the patience!