We had the good fortune of connecting with kathryn and david seay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi kathryn and david, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Starting a business requires a considerable amount of risk. There is no steady paycheck, no guarantee that enough business will come in, no support system to fall back on if things get rocky. It’s interesting that we even took this route as we are fairly risk averse. In our view, it’s better to stick to the safer path even though greater risks yield greater rewards. Luckily, like the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race, and our business has been steady and successful for 21 years!
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.
Our video production company’s specialty – and the thing we love the most – is telling heartfelt stories about real people who do real things. It is an honor to be entrusted with telling the story of someone’s life, or a company’s history, or helping develop their brand. To do the client justice, you have to get to know them and strike a delicate balance of showing their culture, personality, and sense of place. It’s a big responsibility and one that we take seriously. Every day, we work with a dynamic set of tools: the written word, the spoken word, visual imagery, color, lighting, movement, actor performances, sound, music, rhythm, timing, plus the full breadth of technical tools to create almost anything imaginable. Starting out, the hardest thing was learning how to use these elements judiciously. Too much of any one thing and the video is unfocused; too little and the video falls flat. But when you get the balance just right, it’s magic and that only comes with time and experience.
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?
Having friends visit in the time of Covid is challenging to say the least. There are however fun things to do safely. We might take them to see small outlying towns and give them a sense of what rural Texas is like, and then contrast it with a hipper, trendier small town like McKinney. Many of the local attractions would also be on the list – Klyde Warren Park, Bishop Arts, Fort Worth Stockyards, maybe a segue tour of downtown Dallas, or a performance of Bluegrass music on Garland square. Dinner at a Tex Mex restaurant like El Fenix or Tipico’s would definitely be on the list, as well as Lockhart’s Barbecue.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without hesitation, we give thanks to our parents – Marion T. and Sheldon Kaufman and Maxine and Tom Seay. These are the people who shaped us and helped build the foundation of our lives. It is from them that we learned honesty, fairness, hard work, and kindness. They taught us that without those qualities you have nothing, and with them you have everything.