We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Pipes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
What should our readers know about your business?
We are a full-service video production and post-production studio based in Brea, California. Whether on a studio shoot or a panoramic production, our goal is to get the highest quality results for our clients. Each individual on our team brings a specialized set of skills to the table. A goal we set for every client is to provide budget efficiencies and create engaging content without sacrificing quality. Growing the business to the level we are at today was not always easy, but it has been worth it. Challenges along the way included investing in equipment that was beyond what our client base could support. That meant sacrificing by not taking the pay we wanted and putting it back into the company instead. It has paid off. The work we are doing now was our dream and the goal all along. We are grateful to be working for a nice roster of enterprise-level companies. Our crews travel all over the country, and our projects run the gamut across a wide-range of industries. It’s always educational, challenging, and I enjoy the hard work. My hands-on involvement includes working with the client throughout all aspects of a project, and my “hats” include Producer, Director, Editor, and Project Manager. At any given time, we might have 50 or more projects in various stages of production, which I oversee. It’s a fast-paced environment and we are all always learning new tools to stay at the forefront with our production skills.
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My family has always been a huge support to me. When I was young, my mom and dad had the attitude that I could pursue any career that I wanted and be successful. My earliest aspiration was to be a pediatrician. From about 3rd grade on, I dutifully followed a path that would get me to where I wanted to go. My mom connected me to a mentor, a female pediatrician. In my senior year of high school, I was accepted to UCI as a biology/PreMed major. My dreams were coming true! At this point, I learned that one of the first things I would be doing once I started in this major was dissecting cadavers. I was rocked to my core. The idea of dissecting cadavers truly disgusted me. What was I thinking? I was not cut out for this at all. I decided not to follow this path. It took me a year or so to get my bearings on what I wanted to do. After a few video production courses, I decided not to do what was safest. I should do what sounds the most exciting! What’s the worst that could happen? I might have to change gears again, but this was my opportunity to find out if I could follow my wildest career dreams. My parents supported my leap of faith, and after graduating from college, when I got my first big feature film, they accepted my invitation to travel to the filming location for a week and be extras in the film. Once my partner and I started our own business, my husband, my daughter, and son also supported me in many ways. Early on in the business, life could get hectic and crazy, but they always encouraged me and I could feel their pride and love
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