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

Hi Brian, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
In regards to business, watching my videos is enough of a legacy for me. I have always felt my videos would live on for generations to come and that is what I sell. I want people to remember the happiest days of their lives and be able to see loved ones that are no longer here. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I say imagine if you could hear that picture. That is what I do; I let my clients relive their once in a lifetime day. I get countless emails and calls from past clients sharing how special their videos are. Some are from last year and some 15 years ago. I can only imagine how these emails will look when our videos are 30 or 40 years old. This all comes from passion; my passion to create the most incredible memories for my clients.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an event videographer and I creative memories that last lifetimes! I have always stuck to my core values as well as what I would want in a wedding video. Being someone who started when I was 15, the industry looked very different having no websites, online reviews, and social media, I have a bit of a different outlook and an old school style of thinking. I know the product I offer is unique in the fact that we offer a long and short video which is something most do not do. I know that couples forget so much of their day and having our products, let them relive this. Following my core values, delivering what I promise, being honest, communicating and having passion have paved the way and the rest has fallen into place. It has been an amazing journey and to think how many people I have met at all these events and how many lives I’ve touched truly brings an endless amount of gratitude to my heart.

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?
If we were on an all day eating binge, I would make a stop at Original Tommy’s Burgers – Canoga Park, Ollo – Malibu, Tifa Chocolate – Agoura Hills, and round it out at Mediterraneo – Westlake Village. I would always suggest staying at Westlake Village Inn (spa rooms). We LOVE this hotel and stay there often for little staycations. Also, we would find time to golf!

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?
You should never forget where you came from and the people who got you there. With that, a thank you to Kirk for giving me an opportunity for my first job in the wedding industry. I’ve been blessed and grateful to know so many amazing people, clients and colleagues who have become friends and it would be hard to name them all. A few who truly made a huge impact on my career are Dana, Christine, Cindy and Brandon. I love and appreciate all my family support throughout the years especially my wife. She is my best friend and the love of my life!

Website: www.bgsproductions.net
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Image Credits
Kerry Corcoran

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