We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Michaels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeff, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Growing up I always wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I always had a big interest in music, and eventually ended up producing some underground mixtapes in my early 20’s. I loved creating and collaborating with people. Around the same time, my uncle gave me a little HD Flipcam. I started doing short skate video edits, things like that, and started to really enjoy the process of editing video as well. This ultimately led to the idea of creating Pathos Entertainment. I wanted to start my own production company that did it all. From producing feature films and music videos to producing LP’s.
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.
Pathos Entertainment started as an idea of creating a full spectrum production company that had zero limitations. Film, and music combined. I think what sets Pathos Entertainment apart from others is the fact that we start out looking to cover every angle. We believe that it important to have as much at you fingertips as possible. We keep our own inventory of cinema cameras, drones, lenses, and lighting and sound equipment. Having the ability to produce/create without the distraction of gear rentals and expendables is key. We are very excited to continue to grow in Atlanta and hope to possibly one day move our services to a few other cities on the east coast as well.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend of mine was visiting Atlanta, I would definitely be taking them to Edgewood Pizza for a slice or to the Vortex for some of the best burgers in town. Although I would have to say Grindhouse is a close second, just be sure to get plenty of napkins!
For drinks, one of my wife and I’s favorite spots downtown is Meehan’s on Peachtree street. It’s a nice Irish pub right in the middle of town. Good beer selection, the sweet potato fries are excellent, and it’s close to all the touristy stuff around Centennial Park.
I like to hike and most of my friends do as well, so another place to go would have to be Arabia Mountain. At times you can feel like you are on another planet. You look around and all you see is rock. It’s also a great place to fly a drone. If that’s something that you’re into.
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 dedicate my shoutout to my wife, Britt. Who has always supported my journey. I started out as a PA on network tv shows in New York City in 2015. That might sound fancy to some but in reality it was very little pay, and crazy inconsistent work hours. Things were hard, but she never complained. The film industry is almost entirely freelance, which can sometimes mean weeks or even months without a paycheck. This can obviously be a lot for the other person to deal with. But she never gave up on me. She’s always been there to push me to do better, and her honesty with my work has kept me grounded. She deserves a lot of credit for Pathos Ent. Group.
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