We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Hernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
n the beginning it was a lot easier to manage. I wasn’t getting booked as much, so it was more of a hobby than work. However, lately it’s been a lot more work than anything because I also still work a 9-5. But I think it’s always like that when you first start a business, especially if you’re serious about it. I’d definitely like more balance because I don’t get as much family or friend time, sleep, or gaming in. I’m still learning though. Learning how many bookings I can take on, project turnarounds, free time to try to fit a dinner with family in, etc. It’ll all work itself out, but as of now there is not a lot of work life balance.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I work in the videography and photography business, with a recent focus of wedding videography. However, I shoot everything. I do music videos, commercials, events, quinces, etc. If you have an idea that you want to translate to video, then that’s what we will do. I’m most proud of my versatility and most excited about the fact that i’m still learning. You see a lot of videographers that shoot one thing and there’s nothing wrong with that because they kill it every time, but I can’t do that. I have to constantly be working on something new because I get bored very fast. I don’t want to be the best at just shooting wedding films. I want to be the best at everything. I want Dano Productions to be your only option.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m from Oklahoma City, so it’s pretty small but there’s actually quite a bit to do.
Things to do:
OKC Thunder game
Up-Down OKC (Arcade Bar)
Little Sahara Desert
Local Art Gallery
Trip N Friends
Scissor Tail Park
The Picnic Project OKC
Places to eat:
The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen
Places to drink:
The Jones Assembly
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my girlfriend Alejandra aka Lil Jandra. I wouldn’t be able to book half the projects I do if it wasn’t for her. She is my second shooter, she helps me respond to emails/DM’s, assistant editor, and does all of this while being a dental assistant and owner of The Picnic Project OKC.
She is actually the reason I picked up a camera for the first time. Alejandra was the first person to teach me how to use Lightroom. She motivates me to push harder every day, I can’t thank her enough for all that she does for me.
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