We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This is one of the most interesting questions to me. Risk taking is one of the biggest battles I go through as a videographer. In this line of work, if you want to make it big, you kind of have to do a couple things you don’t want to really do. That can stem from the clients not having enough money to having to film the not so good artists. We all have to start somewhere. Business could get slow so to continue to keep the brand buzzing, I had to work for promotion. Free work has lead to doors that had made me more money in the long run and I saw the bigger picture.
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.
I think my way of thinking about life and the business itself revolves around gained knowledge. I do a lot research via creditable sites, interviews , Youtube, blogs , and various social medias. Learning how the music industry works for people like me and where can I fit in at. Everyday I try to think of a way to be different for the rest of the groups of creatives. It seems to be trend to play follow the leader and do the exact same thing people have done already. I focus on being different, something refreshing to the eye. The most part I am excited about my job is being able to work with different creatives and being able to bring their vision to life. Seeing the smiles on people faces because of something they vision came to reality. I’ve personally came a long way. Mentally, emotionally and physical . Being a videographer for majority of hiphop artist, I had to learn how to adapt to my surroundings. Certain areas of Chicago are dangerous but I may had to shoot a music video in the neighborhood. Weapons are pointed at you just for a scene , I don’t think most people can deal with what I do. I had to learn when to say no to people I believe people were using me. I became skilled at what I do and it seemed that some people were around for what I could bring. My service isn’t the cheapest but when you think about it, states that are more known for the music scene, the videographers are charging a lot more. I honestly not sure the whole reason behind it all but I had to adjust to that. My goal for every one is when they receive a NIKEEFILMZ, its an experience they won’t forget. If you looking for someone who is understanding your vision , easy to work with , reliable ,
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The one thing I can that I can say who has played a huge part of my success is my peers. A lot of people think when you start up a business, that your peers are supposed to help you. That isn’t always the case but I luckily had support from the people around me. I started being a videographer when I was at the age of 16. I never took it serious and started making money two years later. Over the years I have been all over the city and country meeting different creatives who are in similar fields. Anything that has to be shot with a camera, best believe I was shooting it. 8 years strong I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
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