We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Rogers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After working for other people in film as a video editor, I realized I had soaked up a lot of information about running a business subconsciously. Like many employees, I felt like once I had a good grasp at how my bosses ran their businesses successfully, it inspired me to want to start my own too. After parting ways with a very busy startup, my last employment, I knew exactly what I wanted and how I could achieve it. Because I had sat in the seat of the employee for almost ten years, I learned humility and how to respect for those above me. And while I was an employee for those years, I always had a side hustle building my own clientele as a freelancer. Along the way I had started an interview-based podcast by which I grew many new relationships which turned into more clients. The point being is that I would never have been able to know my direction as a small business without the effort I put after clocking out of my 9 to 5. It often felt like I was never going to see the top of the hill I was climbing as I stacked project after project after hours, but once I reached that point, I took the leap and haven’t looked back. I am still humbled everyday on the job by what I don’t know, but I continue to push myself and expand my knowledge of the film business. Now, as primarily a video editing and coloring post house (with full production services as well), I’ve seen the power of doing my own thing, interfacing with new and existing clients, and partnering with them on how we can all win. At the end of the day, that is what it is all about to me, building amazing relationships, telling amazing stories, and making art that impacts people’s day to day for good.
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.
My creative process is a direct result of how I see the world. I have always been fascinated by stories, particularly the stories of other people and where they come from; History. Stories are what we as humans tell and our heritage is what makes us proud. To me, this is what excites me more than anything about art and the power it has to make us all better people. In any pursuit of mine I try to channel the energy of “how can what I am doing help someone else in their journey?” or “how can the story I am telling change their perspective on life, and by contrast, change my own?”. I am very introspective with my approach as I am more of an introvert than extrovert. I need time to let things simmer. I need to ponder what it is that is on my mind to create. But when something feels right, I will put it together. I hope that my work in film and media can inspire others to tell their stories and take the first step that many people do not when they have an idea: execute it. That is my drive and purpose in the arts I believe.
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.
I would take them to the Griffith Observatory as the final destination. But before that we would head out to Hollywood and explore all the random shops and sites downtown. Then we would grab a bite at Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake and talk life. Then when the sun starts to set, head up to the observatory, find parking, and take a long walk to the top just in time to see golden hour in all its glory. Nothing quite like a Griffith sunset and stars on a clear night!
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?
My parents have been the most important resource to me in my life. Both raised me and my brother with great care and cultivated our love for the arts. With my dad being a sound mixer in the industry and my mom a fine artist, it was almost impossible for me to ignore the incredible impact art can have on a person. Although incredibly supportive, my parents pushed me with my pursuits of filmmaking and always gave me the best constructive feedback for my growth. They both have worked tirelessly in their own crafts to chase excellence and that shaped the work ethic I have and am developing now. But beyond their crafts, their greatest project was their kids, me and my brother, and for that I am truly grateful.
Instagram: @evanmrogers or @evanrogersfilm
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