What inspired you to Enterprise?
I was often uninspired by the leadership and working conditions in the film and TV industry which I love so much! I decided to leave my career in the industry in order to create a company where likeminded people could use their filmmaking and communication skills in a fun and supportive environment, with fair pay and reasonable working hours.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
The first £10 I made was the AUS dollar equivalent by selling ice creams on Bribie Island Surf Beach when I was around 13 years old. I was saving up all summer to buy the box set of Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was a great lesson in delayed gratification and it’s helped a lot in business.
How do you define success?
I see success as a never-ending race for â€˜successes’. I don’t think I’ll ever consider my self â€˜successful’ because I’ve always got more I want to achieve. I reflect only a short time on my success and prefer to reflect on things I’ve not achieved and that which I find a challenge. It’s a lot more productive then focusing on your success.
To at least in some way answer your question I’d say that success, for me is making a valuable contribution to my family, friends and community both locally and globally. The more we focus on others the more we find â€˜successes’.
What has been the biggest challenge so far with your business?
I’m a visual kind of person and numbers aren’t always the easiest for me.
A bigger challenge is finding like-minded people to share our journey with.
What is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
The Makemeafilm.com team and of course my friends and family. People provide my greatest strength during tough times. I’ve also worked hard to establish a habitual work ethic and try to keep a strong vision of where my future is heading. With a strong work ethic, vision and a little help from your friends and family you can get through almost anything!
What is it that gets you out of bed in the mornings?
Coffee. Routine. My coffee routine. Seriously though, without coffee it’s tough. But without exciting challenges I’d probably struggle to get up before 6am like I normally am.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
In 5 years time, I see Makemeafilm.com as being the â€˜go to’ video agency in Scotland and beginning our international expansion.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
I needed more than one piece of advice! If I boiled it down I wish I’d have been advised to learn a computer language or at least be able to write and manipulate HTML and CSS. Young minds soak this stuff up!