We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayla Dockery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayla, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I knew, even in my early teenage years, that I liked to lead. I have always been one to visualize new ideas and plans, but to be honest, owning my own business came about a little unexpected. Only after a few bumps and turns in my education and experiences did I realize that this is what I desired for my life.
My first experience with technology and media was during a media class I took in 8th grade and I immediately fell in love. My instructor was impressed with how quickly I learned the basics and how I was able to take it to a whole new creative level. Little did I know then just where that love would lead me.
I purchased a handheld camera in summer of 2019 with the thoughts of filming/vlogging our family vacations. I was then asked to serve in my church working the sound board, creating screen announcements, and making videos for church and retreat center events. This allowed me to become familiar with using editing tools and other resources. I was then asked to shoot my first videography gig for the wedding of our pastor’s daughter. To be completely honest, I didn’t have much of a plan at the time. I was just intrigued by all the wedding films that had erupted across the internet in the past few years so I thought I would give it a shot.
Once I shot the video of that first wedding, I was in LOVE. Over the last two years I have strived to learn as much as possible about the correct use of cameras, getting the perfect shots, and editing techniques. I love meeting the couples and finding the perfect way to make memories that will last a lifetime. I continuously work to find new ways to grow and to improve at my craft. I research ways to create organic growth on social platforms and network with others in the wedding business. My main goal is to ensure couples have the best experience on their wedding day and have something that will always remind them of that special day.
I have always been taught that a job is a job, but a career is something I am excited to do each day. This is my dream career. There are many challenges, but the benefits greatly outweigh them. I was unaware of the many aspects of owning my own business, buy I have learned through experience, advise from other professionals, and a few mistakes on how to be the planner, the organizer, the manager, the goal maker, the financial advisor, and the marketer on top of the actual videography aspect.
I am thrilled to have found my passion, my career, at such a young age. This is living out my purpose. The Lord has been good to take me through step by step to be where I am today.
I’m grateful for all that I have learned, but this is just the beginning. I aspire to propel The Branch Films forward and I am excited to see where this leads in the future.
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’ve always known I had a love and passion for media, videos, social media and it has s came naturally to me. I think what truly sets me apart is that this is what I was created for and I truly believe it. With a camera in my head and a subject in field I feel on top of the world . It hasn’t always came easy because running a business means you’re also your own marketer, manager, scheduler, etc. and sometime I don’t know when to separate my on and off work switch. I have had so much encouragement from every vessel that pours into my life and it has kept me on track. Challenges are the key to growth and through perseverance and hard work I can only see my vision growing more and more each year.
I LOVE what I do and as its become my full-time career I couldn’t be happier.
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 this shoutout to my parents and grandmother. Between the 3 of them they consistently pressed in on my leadership independent, and at times stubborn qualities. I don’t think I would hold the characteristics that allow a business owner to thrive if it was not for each of them.