We had the good fortune of connecting with Davane Beauchamp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davane, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has played a big part, not only in where I am today, but where I know I will be in the future. Risk is defined as “the possibility of something bad happening” in a given situation, which causes the majority of us to contemplate weather doing something is worth the risk at stake. At eighteen I had gotten an opportunity in the real world to do what I love and start making money out of it; however, I would have to not only move out, but live in another city I had never been to. This was a hectic time in my life as I was in my first year of University and seemed skeptical about of how the next few years of my life would play out. I had built up a name for myself in directing, shooting & editing local music videos and I had a passion for music and visual art since as early as I could remember. My thoughts about my future gave me the worst anxiety, not knowing the future and wanting more than the average person who goes to school, gets a degree and works a nine-to-five job, getting trapped in the middle class cycle. I had to make a split decision, to take this opportunity and see what comes out of it, or to play it safe and make my family happy. Many fears played out in my head: “What if this is a set up? What if I can’t sustain this new lifestyle? What if I fail and waste years of my life just to go back? What would I be expected to do without real filmmaking experience?” After all, I was an amateur in my industry and no where as good as I am now. What I had to realize is that my own fears were the only thing actually holding me back from taking this first opportunity. I couldn’t blame my family for not wanting me to take such a risk, because they didn’t know what this opportunity could do for me, nor could I explain it to them. But what made me take the leap of faith was that I knew the career path I wanted to pursue, and with my resilience, if I failed for some reason, I’d do what I need to do to get back up and then keep it pushing. The university degree had nothing to do with what I wanted in my life, I could always continue my education at any point in time, some of my classmates were double my age at the time and I was only there to make my family happy. I had be a little selfish and really think about what I wanted in my life. I would be more of a failure to myself if I had skipped an opportunity that would of changed my life, just to remain this feeling of comfortability and support. I was hungry. In taking this risk, I learned a valuable lesson which is to never life in fear, make decisions based off of fear, and to never doubt myself. Anything is possible as long as you are doing the most you can to set yourself up for success. I’ve barely scratched the surface of where I want to be, but that decision I made just three years ago has fully changed the trajectory of my life for the better. I can now live in confidence, knowing I’m working towards my own goals and taking even bigger opportunities without fear.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a creative passionate for music, visual art and storytelling. I direct, shoot and edit videos of all types, but am more involved with music videos because they allow me to express my creativity to the fullest extent. I enjoy creating other forms of video as well like commercials and short films. I’ve been able to create a business and live off of doing what I love. I can create my own schedule and work on my craft every day now. Getting to where I am today took a lot though, I had to leave my city and learn the ropes of real life quickly. From leaving the comfortability of your home, to exploring the rest of Canada and going through all of life’s obstacles, head-on, definitely made me who I am today. Having my equipment stolen on my first day in a new city, facing homelessness and losing my mother days before visiting was only the start to this journey. But from being as resilient as I already was from my past, I was ready for whatever the universe threw at me. I stayed down and stuck to plan A. Looking back, I never really talked about the things I went through, I sort of just developed a tunnel vision for what I wanted and have been working towards it ever since. Over the next year and a half I got myself out of that situation and in a much better one. The entire time I was constantly working on videos, getting a little money by any means possible, using other peoples’ computers and hustling to the point that I could re-invest in myself to make more money and then sustain a lifestyle off of it. At many points I broke down but not once did the thought to quit come across my mind. I made it so that I had no choice but to keep pushing. I had faith in myself that I could make it out of the given situation and create something great out of it. The experience from leaving home to start a business and continue creating art taught me the power of believing in yourself and hard-work. My goal with my art is to inspire others who were once like myself, growing up unsure and in fear of chasing your dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I’m going to be honest, I don’t really do much besides work on my craft and business and I’ve only been in Vancouver for a couple years. Everyone around me is also grinding like this because we have a similar goal. The scenery of the city is beautiful and there’s plenty of good food, it’s nice to just walk around and enjoy the day sometimes, but other than that I wouldn’t know what else to do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly, I’d like to shoutout my dad, Chris, who did his best to raise me and provide for me growing up. Alongside him, my little brother, Damaray, who unknowingly kept me grounded through our hard times growing up. Also, the people who have consistently showed support for my art since I started have allowed me to create with confidence in myself, I appreciate all of the support I get on my content. Last, but not least, my partner and artist, Yetsho, who’s been there for me, grinded with me and has stuck around since I started.