We had the good fortune of connecting with Darby McVay and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Darby, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always loved shooting videos. I started shooting my friends and being shot by friends skateboarding at an early age. Growing up I watched every skate video that would come out. I always loved how they put the music to the skating and always really “felt” it. All making videos is is invoking a certain feeling to your audience. I had no idea how to monetize off making videos and ended up getting stuck working construction most of my twenties. As time passed I knew I was miserable and that’s not what I wanted to do in life. I picked up the phone and called Media Tech Institute here in a Dallas ready to enroll. They told me classes started in two months and I needed to get a GED. I called up a friend and asked him if he could come over everyday and teach me algebra! Long story short I passed and get enrolled. I graduated December 2017. During the time I was in film school I was working the front desk of Paradigm gym in Dallas. A girl came in named Hope Beel and over time it came to conversation that I shot videos. I had no idea who she was at the time and honestly didn’t know anything about Instagram or how to use it. Thanks to her, I ended up growing fairly quickly and before I knew it I was getting booked up before I even graduated!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Definitely overcame a lot of obstacles. The main one being leaving a 9-5 to creating my own schedule. I think what sets me apart would be the way I see things when I’m editing. Music choice is also very important! If it doesn’t move me why would it move my audience?

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?
I would definitely take a friend to Grub burger bar for a dank Turkey Burger and a beer! Haha. If it’s summer time definitely hit the F.O.E. Or Hurricane Harbor.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to Brian and Kelli Casad at Paradigm Gym, Hope Beel, and Justin Martin.

Website: Under Construction
Instagram: @darby_mcvay
Linkedin: Darby McVay
Facebook: Darby McVay

Image Credits
Linzy Taylor, Timothy Alsbrooks

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