We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Schrichten and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is the pursuit of a career requires formal education in order to obtain any type of notoriety, credibility or skill in the workforce. As matter of fact, I believe that traditional schooling, whether it’s public or private universities, often inhibit you from obtaining information that actually serves you best in pursuit of a career. I have been blessed with the ability to teach myself in all my endeavors. I homeschooled in high school and at that age you can be your own teacher without needing a guardian to oversee your progress. As a result, I acquired the ability to obtain knowledge without an outside driving force other than my own free desires. This equipped me for all the disciplines I pursue in my life, including my career. Everything I have learned as a film editor, colorist, and sound designer has been from watching tutorials, reading and mimicking styles I have seen from other professionals. I firmly believe that learning any new skill or trade should be pursued working as an apprentice for those you see as being a representation of where you would like to see yourself in the future. I see a lot of people who get a degree from a big university, enter the job market like something is now owed to them. Because of this, they allow their skills to plateau as they wait around for projects to come to them. The only thing that matters in the film industry is what you produce as a final product and you don’t get to explain away bad artistic choices by holding up your diploma to your clients. In this industry, nothing is owed to you. Everything you get out of this career is based on all that you put into it. To this day, I am still investing my time into personal projects that are aimed at creating content that emulates projects I want to garner. 90% of bigger jobs I earned have been from a project I produced on my own. Always expand your skills, be humbled knowing the next job is obtained through your efforts and we are owed nothing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy in my profession is expanding all the skill sets I add to my portfolio. I noticed in this field of work, most creatives stick to a single skillset and market themselves based on that one aspect. While that makes sense for something like cinematography or directing, it seemed like a missed opportunity to only specialize in one thing for post production. Colorado has a small film industry, so there aren’t too many options for things like editing, sound design, color grading or visual effects. A lot of clients feel relieved when a single source can carry the entire project through post production. In my experience, creative decisions tend to get watered down when a project is passed to different creative agencies that handle a portion of post production. Once I started to diversify aspects of post production, it gave me a whole new respect and understanding for filmmaking as a whole. It showed me the power and influence color and sound design have in motivating a story. Once I broadened my understanding of storytelling by joining all these skill sets together, it helped me better communicate to my clients and demonstrate the value I offer. This helped build confidence when drafting up estimates or explaining a deeper vision I have for a project.
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?
One of my biggest joys is when my girlfriend and I go on a motorcycle ride with no cell phones, GPS, predestined location and allow our instincts to be our guide. I know that sounds overly poetic and cheesy, but it has been one of the most liberating things I love to experience and has allowed us to explore amazing back roads north east of Thornton. We seek out the unpaved roads since they are the ones less traveled and always seem to have the most beautiful landscape you wouldn’t see otherwise.
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?
So much of my success is due in part from the support of my parents. I cherish how much trust they showed in giving me the opportunity to home school which allowed me to explore receiving an education that I knew was best for me. They had no idea they were also providing me with the skills that would one day turn into a career. However, the biggest moment that propelled my career to new heights was going through a divorce. I had just started my freelance career and now had no choice but to succeed.
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