We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcus Small and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcus, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
To be honest with you, I don’t think it was a thought process at all. Many people start off their professional lives working a 9-5. Their experiences vary, but for the most part, they had a moment where they leaped out of the nest to fly and start their own business. I can’t relate to that. Yes, I’ve had my fair share of structured jobs, but I never saw them as anything but temporary situations.
I knew from my early years in college what I was destined to be…a filmmaker. So from early on, I knew that my work schedule wasn’t going to be normal. And for those people who are in the film industry, freelancing is normal. It’s the culture. You never know where your next check is coming from sometimes. My professor in college warned us that there was little to no money in film. He said that we were going to have to live off of PB&J sandwiches for the first few years.
So, from early on, I knew that it was going to be a struggle. However, some struggle more than others. For instance, editors are more in demand that directors. So, for every 1 gig that a director would get, I would have already booked 4 or 5 gigs in between that time.
Some people are meant to have their own business, other people are not. And, that’s ok. Everyone has a role in this game that we call life.
By the time I actually started my own business, it was second nature to me. The only thing that made it feel different was the name of my company and the “LLC” that was behind it when I received my check.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have a flashy style, but I can still tell stories.
I’ve worked countless hours on perfecting my craft. Looking back at it, I had a lot of patience because of the stress that I was under at times. Deadlines determine if a creator is really a creator or not.
There were many lessons that I’ve learned. One of them is, it’s ok to bite your tongue sometimes.
I want the world to know that if I can be successful, they can too.
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.
I like to people watch, so my favorite spots to go are downtown and cigar bars.
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 shoutout Kern Halls. He’s one of my mentors that’s help guided me throughout my journey. I would also like to shoutout Darrell Overton. He was the Director at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club that I attended while I was a child. He was a role model and an example of what a black man should be.