We had the good fortune of connecting with David Porter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind created my own business was to allow myself to really have the “freedom” I really want. I have the freedom to choose the work, and clients I work with. I get the freedom to set my own schedule. Starting my own business allowed me to not put a cap on how much I could make. Most 9-5 jobs have a cap on how you can make a month/year, with starting my business I have more control over what the number is. I knew starting my own business wouldn’t mean I’d have to work less, but it would let me create a life I don’t have to “retire” from. I never saw myself being in a cubicle all day until I reach retirement age. Another big thing I thought about when started my business was allowing me to travel and see the world. I believe no one was put on this earth to stay in their city/state/country. You should be able to travel and experience the different cultures around the world, and as an artist that’s where you get a lot of inspiration from. So my biggest thing I was thinking about starting my business was freedom!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It definitely was not easy getting to where I am now, and I’m still nowhere near where I want to be. One of the biggest thing I could pass along to someone else starting a business is be consistent. Be consistent in your daily life and that will flow over to your business life. I always willing to try new shots, and get new ideas from other creators. I love helping bring other creators dreams to life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well being from Dallas, I’d definitely say we would have to go to Rudy’s Chicken to get some good fried chicken. We would definitely have to spend some time in the uptown or bishop art area and get some good food, and drink. Either early morning or in the evening we would have to get some nice shots of the Downtown Dallas skyline
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 definitely have a few people who deserve a s/o for helping me get where I am. My good friend Jared Tinner who is also a creator and taught a lot of the basics when it come to video production. Someone else is my friend Dee Chambers, again, someone who has helped me grow my company and reach a new audience of people. He taught me to be resilient and keep pushing through the hard days, when it seems like it’s about to crumble. And last would be my other good friend Ricky Flores. I look at him as a mentor, he has really helped me take my business to another level and connect with people I may otherwise not be able to. Without these men I wouldn’t be where I am today with my business.
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