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

Hi Shawn, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, I decided to move across the country to Los Angeles, CA, to pursue a career in the film industry. I was able to work myself up from a production assistant to video editor after having a college internship with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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.
As a toddler, you could easily catch me drawing on my mother’s drapes. In the first grade, my teacher drew out the silhouette of each student and asked us to write what we wanted to be when we grew up. It was no surprise to anyone that I wrote, “When I grow up, I want to be an artist.” I have always been interested in the creative world and took art classes throughout my educational career.

In high school, I was heavily involved in the broadcast journalism program, which I would later teach at another North Texas high school along with theatre and film studies. I grew up particularly fascinated in documentary filmmaking and the program allowed me to explore a different version of it.

Upon graduating college, I was fortunate to be able to work as a video editor for Sony Pictures Entertainment after having interned for the company during the previous summer. Four years later, I decided to move back to my hometown of Dallas and pursue a career in teaching. After my years of teaching and consistent work with visual media, I decided I wanted to go all in and run my own business.

I believe that my love of documenting and storytelling has been a life-long driving force for me, as I enjoy listening to and learning from other’s experiences. It reminds me that no matter who you are or what your story is, we are all so much more similar than we are different. With my photography and filmmaking, I love getting to be able to create something personal that really shows who my client is and their story.

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?
Because of what I do, I’m always looking for great photo spots in the city. Unique and interesting locations seem to catch my eye the most, and I love when I can bring my visitors along on an adventure. I have always loved the Texas Theatre for its historical significance as well as the niche entertainment they provide with midnight screenings of indie, horror, and classic films. Another favorite of mine is the Abandoned Futuro House in Royse City. It’s a bit of a drive from Dallas, but totally worth it if you’re into the strange and wonderful. The Eye and the chapel at Thanksgiving Square downtown are also a fun attractions along those lines.

Another great thing about Dallas are all of the restaurants. You’ll never run out of food to try! You can’t go wrong with barbecue from Hard Eight, Tex-Mex at the original El Fenix, the wide variety of flavors in Deep Ellum (where the pizza is “serious”) and at Trinity Groves, or live music and classic American street food at Lee Harvey’s.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my family and my partner for their endless encouragement, love, and support.

Website: www.reallygoodphotovideo.com

Instagram: @reallygoodphotovideo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reallygoodphotovideo

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8WAzsxavaJi5SIjNU_ykhg

Image Credits
Shawn C. Neill, Rafael Hernandez, Caity Opelka

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