We had the good fortune of connecting with Marci Klein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marci, how do you think about risk?
I don’t think I really noticed what a risk taker I was until about six years ago when I took what I think was the scariest risk…I became a sports pilot. Sure, I have scuba dived, jumped out of airplanes, been in a hot air ballon, snow boarded, traveled alone, hitch-hiked, shot rapids in a class 5 river, surfed tons of pretty big waves, became a tv director, then quit tv after 20 years and opened up my own video production studio, but none of those risks really measured up to becoming a sports pilot. To me flying is terrifying, and yet somehow, I managed to put my fear aside and make the impossible possible- and risk it all. It still blows my mind to think that I flew in a plane – it looks like a hang-glider with a motorized trike – in one of the most complicated air spaces in the United States, from Hawthorne California to Bracket Field in Riverside. The reason you may wonder…well, I wanted my video production company to be able to offer aerial drone footage for their video content and back in 2014 you had to be a sports pilot and have a 333 exemption from the FAA in order to use drone footage legally. Since then the FAA made some changes. Now you just have to take the part 107 test from a book – on the ground- to become a drone pilot. So what role do I think risk has played in my life? It has taught me that the more risks I take, the more confident I feel about my ability to do anything. I pretty much don’t have the word, “no” in my vocabulary and I think that’s a good thing. If a client asks me to create a video that is not exactly within the scope of what I have done before, I know I will be able to figure it out. If I can fly a plane by myself, there is always a way to make the impossible possible in any given situation. I think that give me an advantage in business, and also makes me pretty fun at parties.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Klein Creative Media is a boutique video production company specializing in business videos and we utilize drone video to make our videos stand apart. We are also very passionate about the process. We are inspired to tell stories and we bring that inspiration to each client project. We want their experience working with us to be as memorable as our deliverables. It wasn’t easy getting here. I have made every mistake imaginable. I still make mistakes I kick myself for all the time, but business is like surfing, you fall off, you get right back on. Biggest lessons: try not to burn bridges, be the best most authentic human I can be, treat others as I want to be treated, having fun is not over-rated. Life is meant to be fun, even at work. Taking risks is fun, and worth the craziness of it all . Klein Creative Media does quality work and we make sure you have a quality adventure when you are working with us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach for Happy Hour, Blue water grill for happy hour and sunset. The king harbor yacht club in Redondo Beach for a stand up paddle. Id take them surfing in Manhattan Beach, Id take them bike riding on the strand. We’d visit Redondo village to all the eateries there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think I need to shout out to my dad. I think he wanted boys, because introduced me to sports (tennis) fly fishing and scuba diving and river rafting at a young age, and started the ball rolling. My mom also told me never to rely on anyone else, that if I wanted something, I should go after it. So I appreciate her for that, and I always go for it, even if it terrifies me. I also appreciate the mean girls at school who treated me bad. If it weren’t for them, I’d be worried about what others think of me, instead of knowing that only what I think of me matters. Funny thing is I’m friends with all of them 4 decades later. All the other women directors in tv who we all supported each other and helped each other get jobs. Without my flight instructor Henry Boger at Pacific Blue Air, I don’t think I ever would have become a sport pilot. My sister Wendy got me my first tv job interview which launched my tv career, and my dad loaned me money to pay my dues to the director’s guild of America. Mark Machuszek gets a shout out because he convinced me that my business had legs and I should move from my home office to a real office. He was an amazing mentor and now current client. Also, if my two boys didn’t want their own bedrooms, they’d still be at home in bunk beds and I’d still be in my home office, so they deserve a shout out for kicking me out of the home office and making the decision easier to start Klein Creative Media. A shout out to my husband for sticking it out all these years and encouraging my success.
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