We had the good fortune of connecting with Grant Goodrich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grant, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my company as a sole proprietorship during my sophomore year of high school. Starting my business was more of a necessity than anything, especially at that moment of my life. My parents were hesitant to believe I could make a career out of my passion/hobby, that is video production, filmmaking, photography, etc. Founding my company was a way for me to prove, to both my friends and family, that I could have a successful future in video production. Before I knew it, I landed my first clients and my company took-off!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It took years of practice to get to where I am today. While it wasn’t easy, the friends I made along the way, that I got to learn and develop my skills with, made the ride a bit easier. Challenges always came up, but my drive and passion was and still is bigger. At the end of the day, I’m doing work that I love to do, all-the-while offering a quality product to my clients with some laughs along the way. It’s impossible to turn your back on a unique opportunity like that! I’ve learned all sorts of lessons while on-set, at productions, etc. I’ve learned the important role that organization plays in running a company. I’ve also learned to look ahead and be prepared for anything, as I’ve been caught in a few productions with unexpected storm activity. I can always learn from mistakes and be proactive in that. But most importantly I’ve learned the value there can be in team-work. I want the world to know that my brand puts a good experience and quality first for its clients. To ensure a quality product and a satisfying experience are my two most important goals when it comes to my video productions.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, I would definitely bring them to Magnolias sous le pont to start the day for some great coffee and pastries! Then, I’d take them to some shopping centers in Dallas like the Galleria. If it’s the right day, maybe we could catch a concert in Deep Ellum, which is home to many musicians and cool venues for artists. Finally, I’d end the day with a movie at the Magnolia theater. All those places are some neat places to check out, but Dallas has so much more in-store besides those fun places!!
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 would not have the skill set I have today if it weren’t for the LISD A/V Production program. Instructors Brandon Jackson, Luke Purvis, and Benjamin Pluenneke taught me most of the skills I use on a day-to-day basis while working closely with clients. From knowing how to correctly coil cables to knowing how to navigate complicated editing software, it was my teachers at LISD that got me to where I am today. I also would have to thank my LLC (Living Learning Community) mentor Marielena Martin for giving me some of the most amazing opportunities I’ve ever had to learn about the film community. She has helped me develop many skills and taught me many things including but not limited to networking skills, film etiquette, social skills, etc. Marielena has poured valuable time into my peers and me that could never be repaid. Lastly, I’d like to thank the marketing staff at the City of Carrollton for allowing me to work hands-on in a work environment. At the city, I had the opportunity to apply my skills full-time last summer as a Marketing Intern. Work included graphic design, animation, document preparation, taking inventory, photography, videography, and other miscellaneous assignments. My experience at the city helped to develop my communication skills, team-working abilities, and other important qualities that enabled me to be better equipped for future jobs.
Website: g-goodrichproductions.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodrich_productions/
Other: Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/goodrichproductions
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