We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc Cartwright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marc, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I first created my own company because I like having control over my life, schedule, and daily experience. When you work for someone else, you are on their time and many times you are doing most of the heavy lifting while not earning an equal share of the profit. On one of my past experiences as an employee, we would get breakdowns of our daily sales achievements. One particular day I earned $18,000 for the company and received $200 in pay. That’s when I knew I needed to work for myself. I also really enjoy collaborating with people and creating something that has a positive impact on their business goals.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always found film fascinating. I grew up on eastern Long Island where for me at the time, there wasn’t a lot of access to filmmaking equipment. When I was 15, my grandfather bought me my first video camera. I would record everything… family vacations, family dinners, family holiday arguments… At the time everyone was sick of me filming but now they appreciate the memories. As I got older, I moved into acting. I appreciated my time in front of the camera but while on set, I was always intrigued by what was going on behind the scenes. The creativity and control of the narrative. On one particular project I was working on, I began speaking with the photographer who took me under his wing and allowed me to assist on photoshoots. I took this experience and began photographing actors. I didn’t have the resource to make films, but I could make editorials and stories told through stills. Through time, I got to be published in some of my favorite magazines and work with actors and performers I respected. Once digital filmmaking became more accessible, I was able to return to my first passion which is filmmaking. My friend Baker Chase Powell was filming a web series. I watched and my first thought was that I could make it look better. I asked if I could be the cinematographer and that led to me directing a few episodes as well. The collaboration was successful, and so Baker and I founded the production company Glass Cabin Films. We currently produce suspense, thriller and horror content. You can watch our latest short film “We Die Alone” on Amazon Prime, Vimeo on Demand or ALTER.
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 love day trips and tend to like more secluded destinations. When people visit, I take them out to desert cities or take a drive up the coast. (The further north you go along the PCH, the more stunning things become.). Along the way making stops in Solvang, Hearst Castle and staying the night at The Madonna Inn. Going south, I love going to the city of Orange to do antique shopping. I also like old town San Diego. When I am not driving to further destinations, I tend to spend most of my time at the beach. Malibu being my favorite area of Los Angeles. During any visit, I bring guests to The Reel Inn near Topanga Canyon. The seafood is fresh and the atmosphere feels like you are in a small beach community. I also like to drive around to various film locations from classic films shot in LA. Before the fire, my guests would love seeing Paramount Ranch. Aside from the touristy destinations and theme parks, I tend to enjoy nature. Hiking in Malibu or discovering trails in the canyons.
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 family has been the most incredible foundation for my life. I do believe that behind any successful person is someone that “saw them” and believed in them. I was lucky enough to be born into a group of people that powerfully inspired and taught me about what is possible in the world. They weren’t wealthy people by any means, but they did understand the value of integrity, resource, preparation and finding opportunity.
Other: Glass Cabin Films – www.GlassCabinFilms.com Instagram / Twitter – @GlassCabinFilms Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GlassCabinFilms/ Headshots – www.MarcCartwrightHeadshots.com Instagram / Twitter – @HeadshotsByMarc Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MarcCartwrightHeadshots/