Today we’d like to introduce you to Alana Marie Cheuvront.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Alana. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
My journey toward starting my own business began when I took a road trip with a few friends the year after I graduated college with my theatre degree. I had been acting in plays, and stage managing plays but holding down two jobs that made me miserable.
I decided to take a road trip up north with some friends after quitting both jobs. A week later, I had a job (through a new friend that came along) with a traveling videography company that specialized in filming major dance events. I was obsessed with the idea of traveling and capturing beautiful things on camera.
Though I had only filmed a few projects in high school and college, I had always had a love for having a camera in my hand, and it was the perfect job to do some self-exploration. It was the dream job of my twenties. I had also started my voice over training with the folks at Compost Productions (AKA The Voice Over Doctor).
Once I was promoted within the company and being sent all over the country to film dance competitions by myself, the voice-over work started pouring in. I even had to record in the hotel closets with loads of pillows stacked up for soundproofing!
I also became one of the voice artists for the global toy franchise Shopkins during this time. That was another little dream that came true on this journey! A year later, I became the company’s assistant producer and helped in creating content for the ballroom and Latin dance world.
I wrote all the copy and performed the voice-overs for all the promotional videos. We had several opportunities to work with big names in the dance world, which was really exciting. I also started conducting on-camera interviews to hone in on my improv and theatre background.
I also fell in love with photography after spending time with an esteemed dance photographer we worked with in New Orleans. After three years, I decided to call it quits after three years of intense traveling schedules, and really began focusing on voice over, editing videos, and doing photography in Los Angeles.
I acclimated to being back home and connected with people in various artistic circles of mine and have produced dance videos, edited show trailers, and took photos of up-and-coming actors, dancers, and models.
Now I have several clients who use my voice over, videography, and editing services. I have wonderful, talented people in my artistic and professional social circles that I work with consistently.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The main challenge for me is juggling so many different projects and wearing different hats at the same time. It is enjoyable for me to be so many things to many people, but it can be exhausting. Self-care is essential when so many projects are thrown at you! Keeping boundaries is important as well and being firm on your deadlines.
One struggle that a lot of Angelenos can relate to is that, as an individual freelancer, the work isn’t always going to be pouring in steadily, so you have to be strategic, resourceful, and put yourself out there. I have gotten a lot of gigs through friends, and I have an amazing community of artists who refer me to friends who need someone like me to get any editing, video, or voice over work done.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Alana Marie Visuals story. Tell us more about the business.
I operate as an individual media maven under Alana Marie Visuals. I edit, I film, I do photography, I’m a graphic designer, and I provide voice over performances for all different types of media (including audiobooks and podcasts).
I am a performer who loves to take the creative wheel in how content is presented. I love snapping pictures of people who are building their brand or need fashionable photos for their acting website. I love being able to do so many different things. What sets me apart from others is that there is a whimsical quality to my work.
I believe that editing is a form of magic and I retain that principle in my work. Whether it’s a short trailer for a play or a dance video, I believe you can jab at people’s heartstrings or get their attention with just the right editing magic. I edit the way I dance. You pick the right moves for the right moments.
What I am most proud of was a personal project I took on last year. This past year, store owners of the beloved vintage neighborhood Magnolia Park in Burbank began facing rent hikes set by greedy landlords. I took it upon myself to film videos around Magnolia Park showcasing the love, beauty, and whimsy of that magical place with videos I filmed and edited.
My group of friends and fellow Burbank lovers interviewed store owners and people who love the neighborhood. The videos have gotten over 6,000 shares, and there are noticeably more people exploring this neighborhood and the amazing, quirky shops. We still make plans every few weeks to film and showcase the wonderful people who make up the neighborhood and share on social media.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Good luck for me has been about the right amount of work or money coming in at exactly the right time. Sometimes clients or friends of clients will pop out of the blue asking for something to be done after a few quiet days. They say the universe will give you as much as you can handle.
Sometimes when you think you can’t handle anymore with so much going on, you are actually building more strength to handle the next thing that is coming toward you! On a fun note with good luck, I also keep a lot of lucky charms on my desk that inspires me as I work such as my bamboo tree and my statue of the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet.
- Fashion/Business/Lifestyle Photography Session- $100 for 6 Edited photos ($15 per additional photo)
- Website: alanamariecheuvront.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @alanamarievisuals