We had the good fortune of connecting with Corry Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corry, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks means everything when it comes to editing, let alone starting a business. If you’re not willing to step outside of the boundaries and expectations of what others require out of you, you’ll only ever exceed to be average. In terms of editing, you can be used as a tool and do what you’re told verbatim by delivering the client exactly what they requested. Or you could be used as a creative engine and try to elevate the project to be exactly what they envisioned and more. In my experience, I’ve always tried my best to do the later and have found that I leave a much stronger positive impression on my clients that consistently leads to more work. When communicating and working with my team at Action Studios, I try to adopt this same mentality because as a business we need to be able to be identified in the rich saturated sea of video production business and studios. Especially being a start-up company, if we don’t make waves in this ocean we’ll drown from being mediocre. Without taking risks and making decisions that will divide a room, it’s going to be a pretty slow climb to the apex of what it means to be great in what you do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always thought coming out of college I would have an internship that would lead to a job and a network of people I can develop a career around because that’s what I was told growing up. Although contrary to my expectations, I got the same result by doing something completely different. I never landed the internship I wanted, I never got in the doors I wanted and I never saw any results from trying the path everyone said to take. It wasn’t until me and my friends got together and starting doing exactly what we wanted to do as a career on our own until I saw “success” in developing a career in video production. It wasn’t easy by any means though. It took a lot of long hours/days/weeks of little to no pay to get things off the ground, but I believe it’s that “do whatever it takes to get it done” mentality that has been part of the success of our company and to my success of being a video editor. Perseverance has been a big part of my story and being able to strategically compromise has led to where I’m at today. The bountiful mistakes along the way Action Studios and I have made along the years has equipped us to better adapt and prepare for the future. I feel %100 secure in our ability to be successful because I know we’re going to make mistakes on our way to larger opportunities, but adapt and learn from them to become truly great.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being from the south side of Chicago, me and my friends would enjoy literally anything outdoors out here in CA. I would take them to the beautiful beaches in Laguna to body surf and hit some jet skis and then some great cliff jumping spots in SD. I’d then drag them up to the mountains either Big Bear, Yosemite, or any great backpacking trails like Bridge to Nowhere.
As far as food goes, I couldn’t live without getting Canes & In-N-Out, but then theirs some local places like Smoke & Fire Social Eatery, Dirt Dog, Bread Crumb Ohana Cafe, Romano’s Pasta & Pizzeria, and Nate’s Korner I for sure wouldn’t pass up for anything.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A heavy hand that took place in the development of my creative mind and laid the foundation for my wisdom in video production were the wonderful professors at Biola University School of Cinema & Media Arts. Their love and passion to foster the delicate minds of future industry professionals is out of this world. I’d like to personally thank Prof. Dean Yamada (producer, director, writer) and Prof. John Schmidt (producer, director) in mentoring my creative development to levels I never could imagine without them. And of course I would love to thank all of my friends and family who have believed in me since the nexus of my editing passion began a decade ago.