We had the good fortune of connecting with Tom Barr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tom, what do you attribute your success to?
Knowledge and stability. Knowledge in this case is 2 parts. The first part is knowledge about what I’m offering. Video is ever changing in both style and technology, so I have to stay connected to trends. The second is knowledge about business. I’ve seen and still see videos that are, I think, better than what I produce, but the person doesn’t have the business acumen to run a successful company. Producing videos is only half of what I provide clients, the other half is customer service and the confidence that I’m here for the long haul. Stability is also two fold in that you need emotional and financial stability. When you start up you HAVE to take risks at times and you can’t make successful decisions if fear is weighing you down. You shouldn’t be in a place where your choice is success or paying the mortgage/ angering your spouse / folding for good.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The art of video is usually seen in its visuals, but that’s not my biggest strength necessarily. I think that I do produce excellent visuals, but my art is more about getting people on camera to be their natural selves. I serve businesses and there are many people who don’t like the camera, but they have to be there. I grew up in a family that always talked about human behavior and I was always a performer on stage, in videos, and even did improv. When I see others tense up, I see their concern for how they will be perceived and I want create an environment where they can laugh and drop their shoulders.
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’ve had visitors from out of state and you always start with the mountains, then breweries, then mainstreets and downtown centers. There is no limit to what Denver can offer and there’s always something cool and always something weird! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gratitude is built into my business and into who I am, so I’ve said thank you to probably everyone who has gotten me to this point. Ultimately, there isn’t one person who helped me create this business, but the person who opened the door for me was my wife. I probably would have started a business at some point in my life, but she trusted that I could do it now and do it successfully. Thanks!