We had the good fortune of connecting with Freshdew Onuzurike and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Freshdew, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The decision to start Silent Art Productions sprung from a place of curiosity. When I was in middle school, I started my YouTube channel and with a spurge of viewers, I got excited. I told my parents that I wanted to indulge in content creating as a career and they raised an eyebrow to this. They told me they would support my passions as long as I was willing to make it into something I could monetize. An idea came to me that instead of making solely YouTube videos, maybe I could produce videos for other people. To kickstart this, I began to take my camera everywhere. From birthday parties to prom night, I was known as the free videographer and this helped me get my name out there. Slowly, I began to be asked to shoot for people. I lowballed myself tremendously at the beginnnig and soon I began to work on increasing my prices. Here we are today, I shoot weddings, music videos, and much more for clientele of several ranges.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Silent Art Productions is a photography/videography freelancing business. We specialize in anything from commercials to event recaps. The goal is to bring any creative idea to life in the form of video or photos. We sit down with the clients and get a thorough idea of what they have in mind for a shoot and preplan to make the outcome one that the client falls in love with every time they see it. We are known for our portrait shoots but we offer much more than that. Want to shoot a music video, prom video, birthdays recap, advertisements, or even get custom video vectors for commercial use? Silent Art Productions does it all. As a business, we pride being able to create a comfortable shooting environment for the client. We believe that the outcome of photos sorely falls back on how lively and exciting the actual production process was. Therefore, we do our best to make the client comfortable and camera-ready. This has definitely not been a smooth road but I believe my circumstances differ from the circumstances of most because I fully trust God to help me with everything I do. To be quite honest, I’m starting to believe he’s the CEO of this business lol. From times where I have broken hard drives and almost lost important files to even times where I’ve left my computer/cameras in unknown locations and had to go out at 2 am to retrieve them, God has been on my side. He’s been planting so many resources to help me grow my entrepreneurship skills and has also provided people around me who see value enough in my work to pay for it. That being said, I expect the challenges to keep coming, but I have the best player on my team.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
OMG! I am definitely the explorer. Ever since relocating to the city for college, I’ve taken it upon myself to find every nook and cranny of entertainment. For a week long trip, I would definitely suggest putting Ponce City Market/The Betline as a priority in your itinerary. That is a central place to find grab a meal and do lots of sightseeing. Botiwalla and Hop’s Chicken are few restaurant favorites of mine in the area. I strongly recommend grabbing a scooter and scooting along the Betline while looking at the skyline and murals on the path. Piedmont Park is also nearby so if it is warm out, grab a blanket and have a picnic. On a chill day, I’m a sucker for going to a museum or even a lakeday. The High Art Museum or Lake Lanier are some beautiful places to check out. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A person that deserves significant recognition in my story is a woman by the name Ebone Liggines. At the beginning of my desire in video production, I didn’t see it going far in any way, shape or form. I met Mrs. Liggines in high school and she was my film teacher. She supported me tremendously by either allowing me to borrow equipment for shoots or teaching me new skills that would add value to my work. Without her, I don’t think I would have as much confident in my work as I do.
All photos taken by @silent.artproductions