We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Fickle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Daniel, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I still wouldn’t call myself successful, but my version of success is constantly evolving. I’ve been self-employed doing my own thing for seven years though, so I have to at least be thankful for that.

I think what has contributed to my “success” is a lack of patience. There’s certainly elements that require patience which I’m continuing to harness, but there’s something to be said about hustling and using that lack of patience to keep pushing. I hate waiting around. Life is short. We could disappear from this world tomorrow, so I want to do as much as I can before my time is up. My lack of patience forces my career further.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a filmmaker focusing in commercial work for brands and agencies. I say commercial, but I don’t approach projects with the goal of just selling a product. If I did, I wouldn’t care much. And neither would anyone else. There’s so much shit pushed in our face every day trying to convince us to spend money.

Instead, I approach each project with the goal of making people truly feel something. Something that connects you with something new and exciting that elevates your life. People are building amazing companies that matter, so I just want to help fulfill their vision of making things come to life through human connection and story on screen.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think the some of the best memories I have here are doing things that don’t require driving. Traffic is gnarly these days. Get on a bike, skateboard or whatever… and just wander. Go get a drink or two at a local spot and let your curiosity take you from there. For me personally that translates to mezcal, tacos and skating with friends through random neighborhoods of the city.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
David Chang, my business partner at Voca Films. We met through skateboarding over 15 years ago. Life took us on different journeys after high school, but we eventually reconnected on a professional level several years later and we’ve been working together ever since.

I haven’t met someone I can connect with in regards to work as much as him… Especially on a creative level. Creativity is a fragile thing, so I’m very grateful to be able to genuinely collaborate with someone on a regular basis.

Another worthy mention are my clients. There’s a lot of trust required in bringing a vision to life. Building & maintaining those relationships are so vital, so I’m really appreciative of those that invested time, money and energy into working with me. Many of them are now good friends too. I won’t list off names, but you know who you are.

Website: danielfickle.co

Instagram: @daniel_fickle

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-fickle

Other: vocafilms.com

Image Credits
@davidchangunofficial @naseffects

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