We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Sipion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I spent a lot of time trying to fit into the traditional 9:00-5:00 space, and it left me super unfulfilled. I wanted to do something creative, where I could have a lasting impact on those around me. Video was something that I sort of just fell into, but it ended up being the right place for me. I didn’t want to spend my days making money for somebody else. I wanted to find a way to make my money work for me, while doing something that I love.
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.
Without sounding too stereotypical, I’d like to say that starting my business and achieving the success that I have today was possible because I worked so hard to get here. When I was first starting out, I worked a full-time job to support my family, and at night, I’d market and edit my videos until they started taking off. I think that my determination and perseverance kept me going through all those times I felt like I’d never make it. But I’ve learned, through all of this, that anything is possible if you work hard and grind. My goal is to constantly “out-do” myself and to consistently keep growing. I like to tell stories with my art. I want to take viewers on an emotional journey through the films that I make, rather than making videos just for the scenery, and I’m going to do that in every way I possibly can. I’m excited to keep branching out with new creative endeavors this year!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d rather be closer to the mountains than in the city. I love going to Vail to hike and explore. Closer to home though, I like visiting ComedyWorks or the Renaissance Festival, because that is where all the cool kids go to hang. I love Asian cuisine, so I’d definitely visit a bunch of Pho places and hit up Korean BBQ at Dae Gee. I also like Steuben’s, downtown, so if I had to pick any other food, I’d go there. Obviously, I’d bring my camera wherever I went.
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?
Well, I definitely want to shout out my wife, Gavy. She bought me my very first camera, and without her, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’d also like to thank YouTube, because I literally learned everything I know from watching videos online.
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