Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny Vuong.
Danny, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was fresh out of college and had just started as an Account Coordinator at an advertising agency. I had the opportunity to pitch some new ideas to my boss, and he asked me to prepare a presentation about what I was talking about. So, I grabbed a camcorder and headed over to a nearby college campus and interviewed some students. I brought the footage back to the office, cut it to some edgy music, and shared that video to my boss. He was impressed enough to share it with the president of the company, who encouraged me even more. The company used that video as a catalyst for multiple youth oriented projects over the next several years and I fell into the role of unofficial in-house video guy. Over the next several years, I took a couple of video courses, read scores of books, and my agency invested in film and editing equipment for me. Whenever there was a presentation or a pitch we needed to put together, I was tasked to create new video content for it.
Fast forward to about 10 years later, my wife Trisha and I started talking about whether or not we could turn these skills into a business. We had a couple of regular corporate clients by this time, and friends started asking us to film their weddings. On the way home from a road trip, we started tossing different names around, just like how we chose our kids’ names! The vision and concept of our business came into focus, and Juice Box Media was born.
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 road was fairly smooth, but there were some crossroads that we had come to. We had both been working full time, and had just had our 2nd child, so the biggest challenge was having the energy to balance life and work. Another tough call was determining how much to invest in people and equipment – two necessary components, but both required sacrifice. In the beginning, we had to just take it project to project and see what we absolutely needed to pull off the magic.
The goal of juggling family and work continues, but it helps that we have established most of the key components to our business so that we can make sure family is still our top priority. One advantage we had going for us was that many of our family and friends had experience in starting and managing their own businesses. They gave us, and continue to provide wise counsel in navigating those roadblocks.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We specialize in creating video content for fresh brands and sweet events. Most of portfolio consists of wedding films, but a good portion of it comes from commercial and corporate clients as well. Since my background is in marketing, we are able to offer videography to corporate clients to produce and concept promotional brand videos. I believe our ability to give each video a custom stylized narrative is what sets us apart. With my marketing/advertising experience, I understand what the goals are, and who the audience is for each video. Whether it’s a wedding film or a commercial video, each need to have its own unique voice.
- Website: www.juicebox-media.com
- Phone: 310-486-0129
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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