We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Clare Kolbush and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary Clare, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Whether I am editing a video, shooting a video, or sitting back and watching tutorials for a few hours, I am very passionate about video creation. I love working with people and sharing their stories through visuals, making them feel seen and understood. Making creative videos for myself is very important regarding discovering my brand identity. These videos are mainly short films and casual uploads to YouTube. They are what set me free as a creative and help me understand my taste. I do believe that showing up at work, creating content for other people, helps me learn techniques and creativity while also being very rewarding. However, when I allow myself to make a video the way I want with no deadline, I feel a sense of freedom.
Experimenting through trial and error is something that I believe is important to take throughout your career, not just at the beginning. Through this season of working with a variety of people, I feel like I have to take time aside from it to understand myself and my style. Then gradually, my style is shown in client work, making it more authentic to my brand. Though I try to make this work polished, my motive is more about the progress and commitment to an idea. Tying this into my version of success, I find this decision to take the time for myself is helping my brand and my quality of work grow more than it ever has.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a freelance videographer and editor in Savannah, Georgia, I focus on commercials, weddings, and short-length projects. I can honestly say that I love what I do so much that I don’t always feel like I am working, which is something I am extremely grateful for. I believe my current video style comes from my background of dancing from an early age and being surrounded by emotion and musicality. Some of my favorite moments are when I find opportunities to combine art forms; dance, music, fashion, and camera work are a combination that always stimulates me.
Navigating a creative career through the pandemic has been eye-opening for me. Since digital content is in high demand with more people at home, it has felt fulfilling getting to use my camera to help small businesses and individuals. No matter what ones’ career is, everyone has a natural desire to be seen and heard, and I love getting to wake up each day to make that happen for people in my community.
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 all freelancers whom I have met in college and when working this past year. Freelance filmmakers, videographers, and photographers have each taught me how to persevere and strive when working for yourself. Thank you for teaching me and sharing your creative ideas; and if we have worked together on an exciting project, a huge thank you for trusting me!
Youtube: Mary Clare Kolbush
Photo of me by Shannon O’Keefe.