We had the good fortune of connecting with Andriy Polietov and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andriy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is something that really hits home for me actually. I see my dreams manifesting into reality because I embraced risk. I went to the full extreme and never looked back. In my early college years, I went in as a business major. I never really had many passions or interests in life, I wasn’t great at anything just about average at everything. I had a well paying sales job and was two semesters away from graduating. None of it felt right to me. I was just going through the motions. There is so much more to life then just settling for whatever falls into your lap. I decided to quite my job and not pursue my degree any further. It took some time to find my interest but photography was the firsts thing to catch my eye. That then transitioned into videography. I hope to one day start my own small production company.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a videographer with a primary focus on music video production. I have recently stepped outside of my comfort zone in producing a short narrative film that will help with my storytelling ability. People close to me tell me I’m far too harsh of a critique on my own work. I had to take a step back and really observe the first reel that I produced to really understand that the growth is present and immense. I would say that is what I am most proud of is that I have kept up with it and enjoyed the process the entire way through. I am a student of the craft and what’s left to learn and consume feels endless, but that’s what excites me the most. I can’t say that I have arrived yet, professionally speaking. Most of what I have done up until now was to work on my craft, however, I feel that this summer I will be ready to announce myself to the world and really begin the launch of my business and brand. Nothing about this was easy, I had to erase all of my progress in life and start with a completely blank slate. I think the hardest part was accepting that there are an unimaginable amount of more talented human beings out there, and they set the standard that I have to overcome. It’s extremely overwhelming at first, but keeping up and believing in my process has helped me grow more confident over time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a pretty low-key guy and prefer a calmer scene over anything else. A week-long trip in Colorado calls for a ski trip. Of course, my camera is present to take some moody pictures along the way. Sometimes simplicity is key, the adventure will always end up defining itself on the journey.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I met Kahli in our 8th-grade science class. I was a shy kid with mediocre English. She embraced me and really helped build my character through the years. There was never any doubt that we would ever drift apart, and the bond has only grown through all of these years. She is the same person that gives me the confidence to pursue my dreams, everything about her is genuine, and the belief is genuine which helps me push forward even when things aren’t looking at their brightest.