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Bryan Shaw

1815 Studios
Ayrshire, United Kingdom

Bryan Shaw launched 1815 Media - a visual arts company both in video and photography in such areas as personal photoshoots, promotional work, events and more. Bryan was also successful in securing the 5k enterprise start-up grant from Ayrshire college.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
I can’t really think of a massive hero when I was younger – I grew up with an older brother and sister who I looked up to in the way they were and what they were doing.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I suppose that would be myself, I always wanted to see what I could do if I applied myself, I always knew I wanted to work for myself in my own style.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
My first ever £10 would be for doing chores around the house but my first ever “paid work" was for delivering leaflets for the local cooperative around the age of 13-14.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Finding my market slot – It’s a big challenge and making sure you are always applying yourself to the standards that are always evolving around a media business.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
Friends, Family, my background – I always strive for better – If I’m having a tough time, I will find another source of inspiration, or I’d think of what my brother would have told me to do.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Coffee. No, I was never really a morning person to begin with but since starting this path a late morning for me is 9am. It’s just an internal body clock if you’re motivated and working with what you enjoy you sleep better and keep better routines.
How do you define success?
Personally, success for me is a matter of opinion – If you have a goal, an ambition or a drive and try for it, then you are part of the way there. Everyone has large goals but if you strive for a large business and you gain 1 sale out of your target of 500 sales – To me that’s successful as you have found something that you know people are looking for, it’s perhaps just time to advance and adapt to suit the need of the rest of your market group.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
Hopefully I’ll be gaining more clients and taking on staff with a possible studio / office-based premises – While at university I’m still trying to find a happy medium balance of studying, work and personal life.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t stress over the small derails or trying to plan your life out. Events change, people change and you will find your place.
If you could have any one person on your business contact list, who would that person be and why?
Ryan Reynolds – It’s a weird one I reckon – But he has a way with people unlike anyone else, Hewish down to earth, cheeky, friendly, caring and professional all while maintaining a life style, a family, advertising himself, a business and his movies. That’s a big asking but he has found a sweet spot that works in all directions for himself and his family.