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Meet Josh Fields of Hatch 86 Films

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Fields.

Josh, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I first started shooting videos when I was 13 years old, I would film my friend’s skateboarding. This grew into a big passion, a few years later, I was having video premieres and selling these skateboard videos I shot and edited at local skate shops. After high school, I got into shooting music videos. After several years of grinding and improving my skills, I have got to the point where I get to work with several artists I grew up listening to such as E-40, Too Short, and Lil Jon to name a few.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. This is just part of the process in any profession. One of the early struggles I had was working with the equipment I was able to afford. I’m grateful for that though because in this industry even at the highest levels, there’s always a situation where you have to make something work with what you’ve got. Another early struggle was finding clients that were willing to pay for a music video. Starting out, it’s almost necessary to do free videos to build up a portfolio and it’s hard to transition out of that even if you’re only charging a couple of hundred dollars.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Hatch 86 Films is a full-service production company delivering everything from creative to final product and everything in between. Most of our work is in music videos and commercial. I’d say we are known for being versatile, there’s few things we need to outsource for. I’m really proud of our brand recognition, that comes from all of the content we’ve proudly put out and all the way down to our literal branding, our logo. People recognize our company just by our logo which is a red 86. Our logo is similar to our work, simple yet professional and timeless.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I’d say my favorite child memory was at a hockey tournament when I was about 13. The tournament was for the national finals of roller hockey in Chicago. I was selected from my team to compete in the all star skills challenge. I ended up winning a few of the events including fastest skater and then won the overall skills competition. Later on, the awards were handed out and the hockey legend Jeremy Roenick handed me the 1st place award.

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