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Meet Adriaan Kirchner of Ak Films

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriaan Kirchner.

Adriaan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was a young child, my dad gave me his old VHS camera for my birthday. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated by the craft of filmmaking and creating images. I packed my car and moved to Los Angeles from Florida in 2009 and never looked back. The first couple of years of living in Los Angeles were some of the hardest (and fun!) times of my life but I stayed persistent to my dreams and got through the struggle of finding work, paying bills, and creating a new home for myself. I now own my own company, have joined the International Cinematographers guild, and own a lot of different specialized gear that I use on the projects that I’m involved in. I feel blessed to have had the chance to work and collaborated with some amazing creatives and companies and the plan Is to keep on going!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Relocating to Los Angeles and trying to establish myself as a professional here was not an easy task. I lived on the floor of a two bedroom apartment with a group of friends and worked as a server, while also doing “freebie” video jobs on the side to meet different people in the industry and learn how to become better at shooting. Eventually, the relationships I made helped boost me into a career as a Cinematographer. I don’t think I could’ve been able to do it without the friends I made and the support from all of them. Having a close “film fam” of talented creatives is one of the best things you can create for yourself while living in the freelance world.

Ak Films – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
I currently work as a Freelance Cinematographer and also own a boutique production company called AK Films. I specialize in collaborating with different directors, agencies, and clients to create the best possible visuals to go with the story we are telling for any particular project. My company also produces different short films, tv shows, and commercials for different companies like Verizon and Netflix.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The older I grow, the more I believe that true success is figuring out a way to get paid for whatever you love to do. I feel so lucky to be able to do my hobby for work and think that almost anyone can figure out a way to intertwine what they love into a career if they try hard enough.

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