We had the good fortune of connecting with Maxwell Bentley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maxwell, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
A personal belief that I will be successful even if I fail along the way, a mindset to always think big, and a great attitude.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create brand films and commercials! I enjoy the innovation, profitable relationships, and connections that happen when you go into business for yourself. Helping clients be more successful, providing an income to colleagues, and serving your community all while pursuing your passion is a pretty amazing feeling. It’s a journey full of mistakes, wins, failures, ups, downs….but it’s a risk we all should take even if we fall flat on their faces. We owe ourselves a chance to create something amazing. I help businesses create new revenue opportunities by formulating innovative marketing strategies and setting realistic goals. I work collaboratively to help realize those goals by producing exciting, visually compelling video content designed to boost sales, drive engagement, and generate measurable results. It started off as a hobby to help me pay rent and live off of something other than coffee and ramen – 5 years later, it’s my full time gig and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve enjoyed cinema ever since I can remember. I used to make short films when I was a kid, was somewhat of a YouTube star about a decade ago, and I was a film major in college (and was also the one that wouldn’t shut up while watching movies with friends….”Yo, did you see that? The director’s trying to tell us something”….”I think he’s gonna end up backstabbing the protaganist”…..”This scene is gonna be really important later…Are you listening?….Hello?”) There’s such an emotional experience associated with film and video content, and I enjoy creating those experiences. When TiVo first came out, a six-year-old me used to grab the remote and point out editing mistakes in movies. To the tune of, “Hey, dad, did you see that? Jack Nicholson’s cigarette was slightly longer in this shot versus the last shot”. I always knew that I had eyes and ears that were built for film production and editing, but now I’m at a stage in my life where learning about business is at the forefront of mind. Colleagues often ask me for help with deals, contracts, how to handle situations, etc…However, after reading a handful of business books and working with a business mentor most of this year, I’m reminded that my own learning will never stop.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to thank my family, friends, staff, clients, and community for supporting our growth over the years. It has been an amazing journey, and I wouldn’t be able to serve so many amazing brands without the intial support of those close to me.
Kidron Bullock, Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez