We had the good fortune of connecting with Seth Bresin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Seth, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I started my business, I was very lucky to have a mentor who guided me through the path of legal establishment. I did not have to worry about what to sign, who to send documents too, or any of that usual frustration. I did however worry a lot about; how I was going to find the clients, where I was going to find staff for events, and the endless possible outcomes of starting a business. I made sure to remind myself often that hard work will pay off and it is worth while to overlook future troubles and instead focus on how to avoid them. I had a great support system that taught me many key elements of being a business owner and the event video production industry.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a videographer I have told people and clients all throughout my career that booking someone even if it is not myself is the most important thing. While I’d love to book each client I speak too, I would be equally as happy to know they booked someone else rather than not having a video at all. There are tons of Wedding/Event Videographers, one of the biggest differences with my company is the final product. Clients receive a highlight video but also a fully edited video. This is the best way to relive these once in a lifetime days! Clients can expect a pre ceremony segment, live ceremony, cocktail segment and live parts of the party; grand entrance, first dance, toasts, parents dance and fun dancing with friends. These days go by so fast and with having us there to capture it all, clients will be able to watch it forever. Our shooting style is more basic than cinematic, the reason we film like this is to never miss a detail. Most other professionals do not offer full length edited videos, ours come at no addition fee!
Something I am proud/excited about is the continuing growth of the business. As Studio 6 started early last year, we have already captured more than 50 events and have even more on the schedule for the coming years.
I got to where I am today by focusing on my filming and being at every opportunity to film possible. I constantly go through my footage and see things where I can improve. I think one of the most important parts of being a videographer is review. When I look back through some of the things I shot years back, I think “wow I cannot believe I shot like this” and other times, I think “I really like they way this looks”. These reflections help me improve where I need and keep things the same when they look right.
None of what I have done I would consider easy. I put my all into every day of work, I believe that what you put in is what you get out. I was able to overcome challenges by talking to peers in the business, watching countless videos on how to correct issues, and referring to my mentor.
The best lesson I have learned along the way is, what matters most is making everyone feel good and happy. While photographers are able to get pictures back to clients quickly, video is typically a 2-4 month edit process. I think it is extremely important to make clients and guests happy, because that is what they leave with remembering while the video edit is in progress.
We are a full in house videography company. We specialize in live event videography. My passion has always been about capturing a moment, with this business I can make that passion my job. I love what I do for work and I think that is very important.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is so big and diverse, I think part of it is dependent on what the person likes. I think some of the best places to eat are some of the street food/ food trucks in the area. They are all so unique and specialize in their flavors. I would take them to the beaches, California is know for their beautiful beeches. One of my favorite places to hang out are the overlooks around the canyons in the valley. They are always so calm and beautiful at night time. I also think the walk of fame might be one of the most interesting places to visit if you are not from around here.
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?
I would like to shout out my mentor & his book, Brian, and Your No BS Wedding guide. Through every step of the process he has been able to help answer questions, lead in the right direction, and give business advice. While every part of his book gave me attention to the details behind a wedding day that no one else would mention. I appreciate all of my friends and family for their support of my decision. Most of all, my parents have supported everything I have done and continue to offer their best ideas for me and my business to thrive.