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Meet Drew Wyman of Scrap Media in Orange

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Wyman.

Drew, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always had a passion for capturing moments in time. Whether it be photo, video, or just trying to re-live moments in my head. Throughout high school, the most fun I had was when we were able to make videos for school projects. I bought my first camera, a Canon T3i in 2012 after graduating college with a food science degree. I knew right away I did not want to pursue anything in that world. I loved taking pictures and I had always loved comedy sketches, so I decided I wanted to do something with creating short films. It wasn’t until I became a coordinator with Alan Larsen Films in 2016 that I actually learned how to properly use a DSLR. Alan took me under his wing and I began to go out on shoots with him be it commercial, corporate or weddings. After assistant shooting for Alan for a little over a year, I knew weddings was going to be a part of my business once I started my own company.

In 2018 I had another 9 to 5 while doing video work on the side. Things became too crazy so I had to make a decision to either stick with the 9-5 or go full time with my video business. Just over a year later, I never looked back. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made to go on my own. Weddings made up about about 75% of my business in 2019 which was my first full calendar year on my own and will continue to be a huge part of my business. I love weddings because it is such an emotional day in one’s life that goes by incredibly quickly. Everything aside, all of the people that love and care about you are in one location on the same day for a select amount of time. And being that it’s my job to capture the love and story of your day is such a joy to me.

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?
Struggles definitely came along with starting my own video production business including making sure I’d be able to provide as best I can for my family. My wife had a lot of trust in me and I am forever grateful she was in a great enough position for me to be able to begin this journey of mine. Our daughter was also born two weeks before I left my full-time job. So it was a bit scary. But I knew I could be successful if I pushed and kept learning and taking opportunities. The experience of it all is what’s amazing about this whole journey. The experiences I have and the people I meet are what makes this job so amazing.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Scrap Media story. Tell us more about the business.
Scrap Media is a small/boutique video production company. I do commercial work and a lot of weddings. I love working with brands to tell their stories. And I love telling stories about love.

I specialize in understanding people and creating a story that portrays them as accurately as possible through my lens. I love people, and I love figuring out why they do the things they do. I am also a very emotional person, so creating something that makes people feel and think a certain way is a big goal of mine. And I believe is what ultimately sets me apart.

I used to be very shy growing up and always afraid of what others would think of me if I said what was on my mind. Since knowing exactly why I do what I do makes me that much more confident. Being vulnerable is very important to me and is something I strive for everyday. And with that vulnerability comes being open and honest to people which in turn forms closer relationships. Meeting new people is one of my favorite things to do now.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m not sure luck has played any part in my business, really. I like to think opportunities arise, and I have the choice of taking them or not. What’s so incredible about owning your own business is being in complete control. Just depends on how hard I wish to work.

There have been countless opportunities in which I’ve taken a job that may have been for decreased pay or even for free. And in mostly all of those situations, I’ve come out meeting someone who refers me for another job or met someone who puts me in contact with this person, etc.

“Luck is what happens when being prepared meets opportunity.” – Seneca

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