If you missed Brian’s intro a few weeks ago, click here to get filled in. You all asked great questions for Brian. Now here are the answers…
In your intro, you mentioned you have done “a million weird gigs.” How did you break free from the odd jobs and hone in on your craft of choice-in this case, videography? (that’s what you do, right?). Did you have to do the awkward balancing your day job with your passion until you were able to quit your day job and go full time with Shark Pig?
It was basically on accident. I thought that I was giving up on my dream of becoming a filmmaker because I quit working as a crew guy in film/TV, and started shooting wedding videos. Wedding videos aren’t really respected by that community, although it’s too bad because the people I met in the wedding biz are some of the most intrepid, creative, ambitious hustlers I know. It was my new connection to those people paired with my previous connections to the film world that opened a lot of doors for me. There was and still is a feeling of trying to balance my day job with my passion, though. I still want to do weird funny projects for free, but I also have to try and keep the lights on in this joint! I don’t think that ever really ends.
When was the moment you realized you were able to stop taking your day rates and start Shark Pig?
The only way to stop taking a certain kind of work in my opinion is to get too busy doing the new work. Luckily that happened to me pretty quickly after jumping into weddings. The funny and unexpected thing was that one of my wedding videos was playing in someone’s office in New York, and a creative director happened to see over her shoulder. That is what led to us getting our first advertising gig, which led to a lot of other opportunities.
Why the name Shark Pig?