We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Rurik and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honestly, I’m not sure if there was another option for me. I picked up a camera in first grade and haven’t looked back. Every major job I’ve had is linked to filmmaking or storytelling in one way or another, and all roads — no matter how winding — have led back to having a camera in-hand, crafting a narrative for someone, somewhere.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I run the show over at Third Shift Creative. We’re a production company and digital agency that does filmmaking and storytelling for socially conscious brands and businesses. I grew up spending my summers in the mountains, and I also grew up wanting to tell stories. These overlapping loves of our wild spaces and filmmaking sent me down a wide-ranging path and I wound up here, doing what I do now. One of the things I’m most proud of is a decision to not just work with brands and businesses that are doing good in the world. We want to be a business that does good, too. As a first step, we partnered with two organizations — 1% For The Planet and Climate Neutral. With Climate Neutral, we’ll be analyzing and offsetting our entire 2020 carbon footprint and putting together strategies to reduce it moving forward. With 1%FTP, we’re donating at least 1% of our revenue directly to vetted environmental nonprofit organizations.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of the best parts about living in southern California is the diversity of places, people, and activities. In a matter of hours, we can go from the beach to the mountains and cross a few cities in the middle. I’m all about getting the most out of the day — early morning start in the mountains; get a hike in before it gets too warm. Cruise into the city, grab some vegan tacos or coffee, and hang out for a bit. Finish up the day at a beach to watch the sun set. Grab a beer, or a bottle of whiskey and head home. Clearly, COVID-19 has changed a lot of what I’d normally do in the food/drink scene, but on balance I spend the majority of my time in places that aren’t the city. I like the ocean and the mountains. Get me to both.
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?
Kyle White is arguably the biggest mentor I’ve had. He’s been a boss, a friend, a coworker, a collaborator, and more across a decade and a half of knowing each other. Find him over at Dude Be Nice, where he’s the head video guy. He’s constantly making me emotional with the excellent stories they put together and constantly pushing the limits of what one guy with one camera can do.
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