We had the good fortune of connecting with Josiah Holwick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josiah, how do you think about risk?
“Life shrinks and expands on the proportion of your willingness to take risks and try new things.” – Gary Vaynerchuk Creative endeavors are by their nature are uncertain. Starting a freelance business carries substantial risk; however, embracing the inherent stress of fluctuating income pays dividends. It is the price you pay for opportunity, providing you freedom of a flexible lifestyle where you are in control over your own outcome. A critical component in keeping your sanity is to understand how much risk you are willing and able to absorb. “No worthwhile life can be lived without risks. There will be disappointments and failures and disasters as a result of taking these risks. But, in the long run, it will work out.” – Alan Watts
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My wife, Julia and I started Proper Films, a video production team that specializes in filming and editing high energy videos that tell elevated stories of brands and destinations. Videos are the quickest way to tell a story and best avenue to share your imagination. I first picked up a camera 18 years ago and have since filmed in some of the most far-reaching, exotic places around the world. Searching for bengal tigers in India, adventure travels in Patagonia, and my most rewarding excursion, sailing to Antarctica on a 100 year old sailboat. Visit our blog to see all the videos from that voyage. https://www.proper-films.com/post/sailing-to-antarctica-on-the-bark-europa Despite the connotation, self-employment is an impossible feat to do alone. Regardless whether you are working alongside a co-worker or with a client, “self-employment” is a team effort. The success of Proper Films is attributed to our complimenting skill set and knowing how each of our roles play into the bigger picture. Staying organized on the day to day tasks, such as finances and project management while staying on the same page of the grander vision. First and foremost, follow a niche you are passionate about. Networking is critical, be involved socially, and reach out to those in the industry – both online & in person – to create genuine interactions. This helps pave the way for opportunities to work alongside people you trust and enjoy being around. Be open to new experiences, get outside your comfort zone, and embrace the unknown.
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?
There are so many independent businesses you can support while visiting Colorado. My favorites for food and beer are Platte Park Brewery https://www.plattparkbrewing.com and Hops & Pie https://www.hopsandpie.com. They are both are always experimenting with flavors and dedicate a lot of time into their craft. Stepping outside of Denver, Piney River Ranch in Vail provides a unique mountain experience where you are bound to find something you enjoy during your stay. We’ve documented our experiences there over the last few years, you can check out the video on our blog. https://www.proper-films.com/post/piney-river-ranch
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?
It is crucial as an independent creative to have influences who inspire us to do more. I am very appreciative of the mentors I’ve had the privilege of working with over the last decade. They’ve shown me first hand the amount of hard work involved in pursuing your passion. Individuals such as Shannon Stowell, CEO of Adventure Travel Trade Association “As both an entrepreneur and an adventurous traveler, risk is something I always consider. Thankfully my team is balanced with both risk-comfortable people like myself and more risk averse team, which enhances decision making. I do take many risks, but usually very calculated. Taking risks doesn’t require being crazy or thoughtless, but no risk lives miss amazing opportunities.” – Shannon Stowell