We had the good fortune of connecting with Kent Youngblood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kent, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is a part of film and television production. It’s not a 9-5 manufacturing job where every day is the same. There are ebbs and flows for working… sometimes things are very busy, while other times work is slow. You have to embrace that uncertainty and keep moving forward with your business.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We tell stories that engage and inspire. Whether it’s video or photography, we turn ideas into content that people remember, use and want to share. We love that every client is different, every job unique. That’s what motivates us. Whether there’s a fully formed creative brief or a concept that needs to be developed, we guide clients through the creation process and help them tell the story they want to share.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Having lived in Colorado for most of my professional life, I know the state very well. Part of its attraction is the constant evolution from sleepy backwater to thriving business community. We’re known for our mountains so any tour I give of Colorado starts with the outdoors. Red Rocks, Garden of the Gods, and Rocky Mountain National Park are all close to Denver. In Denver itself, there are so many cool neighborhoods to visit that are filled with great restaurants and bars. RiNo, Cherry Creek and Highlands are some of my favorites.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother and father provided a lot of emotional support in the early days of starting a video production company. They saw the potential I had and encouraged me to pursue my goals. There are many people who stand out in my growth as a small business owner. Tom Fee, a colleague of mine at JD Edwards, became a mentor and offered great advice on how to be successful. His best piece of advice: “Focus on what you’re good at and delegate everything else.” Joel Pilger, my boss when I was at Impossible Pictures, helped me realize my potential on the creative side of the business. His best piece of advice: “When taking a project remember the 3 Rs – Reel, Reward and Relationship. You must have at least one of them to take on a project. Reel asks if this will this be a showcase project or win us awards. Relationship refers to the possibility of a client bringing future business. Reward speaks to whether this project will be profitable.”