We had the good fortune of connecting with Grayson Berry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grayson, how do you think about risk?
No risk it, no biscuit. I hear this all the time. Risks are necessary to succeed, and your level of success grows in direct correlation with that degree of courage (paraphrasing a quote I’ve heard somewhere along the line). That said, everyone is different, and ‘calculated risks’ may be a good place to start. I knew early on with my love of acting/performing, that I wanted to feel and experience everything. This was/is a double edged sword, as I get to revel in my victories, but I also get an equal share of rejection and disappointment. My father’s passing continues to inform my “living.’ ‘It’s not how you start but how you finish’, was ironically, one of my father’s most frequent pieces of advice for me (and with good reason as I started well, but fizzled on many things in my youth). My father passed exactly a year after being diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer, but he fought every day, and seeing that spirit inspired me to ‘live” each day to the fullest.
What should our readers know about your business?
Currently, Sony Pictures is taking a look at Grayson Berry Productions ‘Calington Castle,’ a 5-Part Mini Series, based on a true story about a man (‘Robert Fulcher’) who overcomes abuse, addiction, and personal demons, with his faith. What began as an adaptation of the Calington Castle book series by R.A. Feller, has now evolved into a “dual-world” journey, as our hero copes with present-day realities as King Henry, who’s kingdom, much like his life, is under attack by dark forces seeking to destroy what was once a unified kingdom. This is a great example of our commitment to adapt your ‘passion project’ to maximize sale-ability and exposure. That’s what sets us apart. We genuinely care about our clients vision, and are happy to utilize our distribution contacts to aid in the execution of that vision. Word of mouth is still the best marketing, and our hope is that others come to us ‘first’ to shepard their passion projects. Was it easy? No. Communicating our dedication to honor your vision is ongoing, and we have to let the work and the clients speak for us. Lessons learned: Make the extra phone call to each and every cast and crew member to make absolutely certain you’re on the same page, regardless of how it makes you feel. What do I want the world to know about our brand and story? It’s almost impossible to find a production company that cares about your project as much as you do. It will ALWAYS be your project, but if you let us, we will maximize it’s potential, and get your music heard.
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.
Dallas? Simple 1) White Rock Lake: 10 mile hiking loop with picnic spots galore and kayak rental 2) The Truckyard: Complex housing food trucks in an outdoor, live music setting 3) The Agelica Film Center & cafe: Movie Theatre featuring Independent and art films, plus upscae cuisine.
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?
My co-collaborator on our Film Anthology “9ine Lives’ Thomas Ryan Ward. To say organizing a 9-Part Film Anthology is challenging is an understatement. I simply couldn’t do it without the help of my multi-talented creative partner Thomas Ryan Ward (featured here in Voyage Dallas:) The least favorite part of what we do is raising money, but it is also arguably the most important. We want to compensate our cast and crew, as we have been on both sides, and know how hard we work to execute a vision. Crowd-funding, aka ‘asking friends and family for money’ is a bear on all levels, and Ryan has been steadfast in his support and creativity, getting to Direct his personal piece, “Bitter Cup,” and aiding in the Producing/Casting/Production of our last few pieces. From marketing materials, to locations, Ryan has been the best partner I could ask for, and will be a primary reason for ‘9 Lives” success!