We had the good fortune of connecting with Grant Wiseman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grant, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Without a doubt it was making the decision to invest in myself. This is a bit of a loaded answer because I mean focusing on mental/physical health as well as the investment in learning the skills for the trade. I remember it was scary at the time spending money outside of my means on courses but I knew they were essential. Fortunately there are so many great places to learn at this time. The other part was putting in the work. I can remember watching hundreds of videos on youtube of people doing real estate video so I could get new ideas, pick out things I did and didn’t like, and experiment with those until I could start coming up with ideas on my own. It takes alot of mental work too. For one thing if you don’t believe you can accomplish whatever it is you want, it isn’t going to happen. More broadly though, focusing on being the best version of myself extends into the business and wherever it goes.
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.
Fortunately I stepped into video production after producing electronic music (unsuccessfully) for about 7 years during highschool and college. The biggest way I believe I stand out is fitting the emotion of the music to the visual flow. This has to do with concluding sections of the video when there is a conclusion in the music, using dramatic hits to fit suitable ‘epic shots’ or using close ups when there is a drum break or fill before moving on with the next part of the track/video for example. Besides the flow, you have to have interesting shots to keep things interesting, and even still, I’m quite proud of how many awesome shots are not used. It is extremely important, I think, to keep videos shorter in this day, but also two shots may be repetitive so I have to chose one for example. It is a constant refinement but all based on my opinion of what makes the highest quality video production. In the case of real estate video marketing, I really have to step myself out of the picture and focus on what will play the best role in helping sell this listing. Looking back it is easy to see that all the things I did that seem unrelated, all played a part in helping me to move forward toward where I want to be, and would encourage anyone to take small steps. Even if its just taking a minute to ask yourself, what do you really want.
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.
I am still relatively new here, having been here for a little over a year but there are a few places I would definitely go. My favorite area is the White Rock Lake and Arboretum. The farmers market area is cool too and would definitely go to Deep Ellum as well. Harwood district is a cool place to hang out and get a drink as well. Haven’t done it yet, but it would be awesome to get dinner up in reunion tower.
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?
It’s impossible to pin one person down because it takes a team. But I appreciate the support from my parents who stood behind me on this unconventional path. My first film mentors Bob Dodd and Todd Roberts in Oklahoma who taught me so much about film industry and cameras in general. And my friend Rae who helped me realize that anything is possible if you believe it.
Niall Morga ( who took the action shots of me filming) The real estate photos of the houses can be credited as Grant Wiseman