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Meet Kevin Burleigh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Burleigh.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I initially got into filmmaking through a combination of music, skateboarding, and the work my dad was and is currently doing. My dad works as a freelance photographer, so I was always around photography growing up. We had a Hi8 tape camera at the house that served as our “home video” camera and eventually became the camera that I would take out with me to film my friends skateboarding. As I got older, I developed a strong interest in punk music, began to play in bands, and found that filming music videos seemed like a logical way to combine my passions and find time to both film and stay involved in the music scene that I loved.

Has it been a smooth road?
Generally speaking, I haven’t run into too many big roadblocks, but it’s been a long road to build my portfolio into what it is today. I was very fortunate to get my hands on a camera at an early age, but due to my financial circumstances at the time, it was an uphill battle to upgrade to more professional equipment and get to a level where the budgets I was working with allowed me to reach the visions I had for my projects.

Though this is something that seems to get easier with time as my work improves and I expand my network and meet other passionate artists to collaborate with. The only other struggle that comes to mind has been the adjustment to freelance life. Scheduling can be hectic, and I’ve found it important to give myself time to decompress and take care of my health, both mental and physical.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
We create a variety of visual content for small businesses, realtors, and artists alike. This ranges from property walkthroughs to mini-documentaries and music videos, though music videos are what I’m most passionate about. My ultimate goal when creating content is to make something genuine that both the audience and the client can connect and relate to. Film is such a deep form of communication.

Everything from the set design and color grade to the subtleties of a character’s actions plays into the emotion and mood of a project, and I constantly strive to make something that accurately represents both myself and my clients. I think being honest and genuine is key in creating something that stands out in such a saturated industry and ultimately leads to a product that is real and relatable.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! I think most metropolitan areas hold a lot of opportunity for artists in all mediums. Areas like LA and San Francisco have a lot of resources for young filmmakers including things like rental houses for equipment and relatively affordable studio locations.

I think most cities could incorporate more art programs in schools, especially for younger kids, though that funding often gets spent elsewhere. You never know what you can achieve unless you have the opportunity to give it a shot, and I believe that everyone deserves a chance to try different things and find what works for them.

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Image Credit:
Marcus Campanile. Steve Radford. Kevin Burleigh

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