We’re 9 stops in, 3 weeks behind us, and as we move from city to city we become more and more inspired by the people we meet. I personally never expected how touching this experience would be. It’s amazing to look in the face of someone who’s just realized something that will make them happier and more connected with what they do. But more on that in a later blog post perhaps. :)
Similarly to last monday, today we answer one of the top questions we’ve been asked over the last week:
Q: What do you wish you knew when you were first starting out?
A: We wish we knew that there was something to wish we knew.
What does that mean exactly? Well, let’s start off by saying that we’ve always had a blast doing what we do. We’ve always approached imaging in a way that made us happy. We thought to ourselves, “how would we want things done if we were on the other side of the camera?”, and that has always guided us well…
But for the first few years, there’s something we didn’t do. We didn’t think into the future and consider how we might look back at that time and view it differently. Hindsight is 20/20, and if you can at least imagine hindsight before it’s available, you’re gonna have a leg up.
In true hindsight, we realize that what we then wished we knew, like how to use a tilt-shift, or how to properly balance a Steadicam, were things we’d automatically learn over time. As long as we put the effort in of course. what we NOW wish we’d realized was how important it would be to have a plan. A direction. A solid understanding of the kinds of stories we wanted to tell, the types of people we’d love working with, and that knowing these would be the guiding force in achieving the things that would ultimately make us happy.
It took us 5 years to put together a business plan! Now, this isn’t something we’re proud of. But now that we have one, we have a solid understanding of stillmotion’s direction. We’re proud of that. We have a wall to bounce ideas off of to see what sticks, if you will. As new projects come in, or decisions need to be made, the first place to turn to is our business plan. We ask ourselves, is this in line with the direction we want stillmotion to go? If yes, we know we can run with the idea and it’s ultimately going to push us further on our journey. If no, we look to modify the project in a way that works for our plan, or we simply pass on it and focus our attention on what is going to get us where we want to be.
We sort of learned this the hard way. We reinvented the wheel. And we were perhaps too stubborn to seek the advice of people more experienced than us. But we’re happy to say that by learning this, it’s made us absolutely infatuated with what we do.
But this blog post has got me thinking…
In 5 years, what will we wish we knew now?