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

Hi Michelle, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Time and choice are the primary reasons I chose to be a freelancer. My time is extremely important to me. It’s the one thing we can never get more of. I very much appreciate & enjoy the choices it affords me. That is, I can choose to take on a project or I can choose to pass. I’m in the position to make the choice. The choice that is right for me and for my family.

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.
In my career and in my personal life, I pride myself on my optimism. It sets me apart from others, gives me an edge on booking the best crew and makes the day a joy. I don’t let things get to me & I make sure to keep things light for my family and crew. I have always been someone that is multifaceted. I enjoy making things and conquering challenges. When presented with the opportunity to move to Dallas and join the wonderful film community here, I jumped at it. I have always been a hard worker and extremely dedicated. Folks here immedietly recognized that about me and helped propel me to my current position. Research and preparation are key to making sure the project succeeds and I excel at both. I’ve learned that nothing is better then tenacity and honesty.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A visit to the Arboretum followed by lunch at Smokey Rose then a stop at Curiosities & dinner from Hon sushi. The FOE is a wonderful place to spend a lazy day, order up some Piggy Pies pizza and chill. Gotta spend an afternoon cruising up and down the streets of Deep Ellum hitting up the shops and having lunch at Pepe & Mito’s. When done we’d head over to Angry Dog for dinner followed by Three Links & Adairs for a great time. We’d spend a day hitting up thrift stores and maybe a few great estate sales our city is well known for. Lunch at Royal China, dinner at Casa Navarro & drinks at Cosmo’s. A trip to Little Elm beach to have a picnic provided by our stop at Eatzi’s market. Best part of the visit would be having a party at our place via poolside with all my favorite locals and eating the tenderloin and potatoes my husband should be famous for. Nothing is better then that.

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 career path is riddled with amazing mentors! Bill Harmon, the first carpenter and blacksmith I apprenticed under for 4 years. John Doche & Kalee Fuqua Doche, builder & interior designer, that fueled my love for architecture and design. Norry Niven a legendary film director that saw my worth and Tom Rutherford a production designer that took me under his wing and taught me everything about the business.

Website: https://www.michellebondart.com

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Michelle Bond

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