We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Shovan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kyle, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
If I’m being honest, I get bored really quickly. I’ve always sort of joked that I’ve got about a year and a half in me at any particular job, then I’m looking to do something else. Photography and filmmaking had been hobbies and side hustles for several years as I worked other full-time jobs. What finally pushed me to start my own business was the consistency of work that I began finding myself getting on the side that was creatively and financially satisfying. I wanted to be able to press into that and take control of the work that I do, the hours I work, and the clients I work with.

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.
My work is a mixture of personal, lifestyle, product, and corporate photography and filmmaking. I shoot both film and digital photography. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of great clients who have trusted me to do what I do and have been so gracious to me. One of my main focuses in my work is integrity. I want anyone I work with to know they can trust me to deliver exactly what I said I would, in a timely manner, and in a way that builds them up. One of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is how to say no to jobs that I know I will not be able to fully devote myself to. This was a hard lesson to learn in the beginning because I felt like I needed to take every job inquiry that came my way. But I’ve learned that if my heart isn’t in it, it’s going to come across either in the work I produce or my attitude toward producing it. I always try to tell my clients that I would rather recommend to them someone I trust to meet their needs rather than taking it on and not being able to deliver what they hoped for. What I’ve found is that people massively respect that honesty up front.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If we were in the DFW area I would definitely recommend taking in either a Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, or Texas Rangers game. I was an athlete growing up and a huge sports fan and there’s nothing like the electricity of a roaring sports crowd. I would also try to make sure they visit some of the many local venues for great concerts. For shopping and restaurants we’d definitely have to hit up the Bishop Arts District for some vintage finds and great food and drink options. And there’s nothing wrong with a trip to the Ft. Worth Stockyards and a night at the world’s greatest honky-tonk, Billy Bob’s.

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 think I would initially have to give a shoutout to my PawPaw (my great-grandpa). He was the first person to put a film camera in my hand when I was three years old. I still have and use that camera to this day. I would also like to give a shoutout to my good friend, Tyler Ellison. He has pushed me and encouraged me creatively and we have been able to build each other up and talk each other out of throwing in the towel multiple times. I also have to thank my wife for always rooting for me and believing in my ability to continue on in my business even during the slow or discouraging seasons.

Website: kyleshovan.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyle_shovan/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-shovan-950a1a85/

Facebook: facebook.com/kyleshovanmedia

Other: Vimeo: vimeo.com/user30670446

Image Credits
Picture of me in coffee shop: Tyler Ellison

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