We had the good fortune of connecting with Director Fonzy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fonzy, what do you attribute your success to?
This is a great question! The most important factor behind my success has to be me making it a point to make my projects stand out. As a director, I’m always thinking “how can I make this scene catch people’s attention” or “what can we do to make this shot look different”. Even with my overall projects I typically will take an unconventional approach. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes thinking outside the box may land you too far left but, this is a risk I’m almost always willing to take in order to truly capture the audience.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I feel sets me apart from others is I’m not afraid of failure. I’m the type that will try an idea and even if it doesn’t work out at least I know for sure it didn’t versus only wondering what-ifs. I started out doing photography. I ended up getting pneumonia once at a job right after college. This was a financial advisor job where I was in a 12-month training program that I had to complete in order to keep my job. I got sick in my 11th month. This forced me to quit. At the time I was gifted a camera by my dad. When I had my job I had begun taking pics just for fun on the weekends of friends and family. I’m a very driven person so I quickly started to get good at photography. Once I had to involuntarily quit my job I wasn’t left with much money and I had bills. This was challenging for me because I felt hopeless at the time being that I had to quit a nice job for a reason I couldn’t control. I started charging for photos and before you know it this was my full-time business. As a kid, I would always be interested in film. I used to think I needed the most expensive fancy equipment to create videos. In my spare time, I taught myself how to do videos using the video option on my photo camera. Before you know it I fell in love with video. I ended up dropping photos only to do video and the rest is history. What I learned from this is you never know where life is going to take you. You may start off wanting to do one thing and life will spin you in a whole different direction. Sometimes you just have to sit back and figure out how to make the best out of each situation. Also, we must know that certain things are simply beyond our control and we must learn to adapt at all times even when things don’t go as expected.
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.
Ok so I just moved to Atlanta myself and I’m pretty fresh but there are some places Id definitely show off about my city back home of St. Louis. My best friend was visiting I’d most definitely let them try our food choices. We have a homestyle pizza that’s like no other. Also, our Chinese rice is the best I’ve ever tasted from anywhere and I travel a lot! I’d of course allow them to see the arch and the cardinals stadium which are 2 of our most known monuments for touring. One of the most unique things about our city is how different each side of town is. I would take someone to each part so that could see the suburbs, to downtown, to the country parts.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank all the crew members I’ve worked with over the years. Every person involved in a project plays a vital role in making it a success. A lot of time individuals such as editors and cinematographers, hardly get acknowledged while the directors and producers get all the credits. Don’t get me wrong, as a director and producer we do hold a huge chunk of responsibility perhaps the most but without those other key players none of our projects will turn out how we like. Great productions come from great crews, not a single individual.