Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Dijamco.
Kyle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, it all started in my final year of college, I was in my 4th year at CSUN finishing my B.S. for Civil Engineering. We threw a huge birthday party at our friend’s house buying ice luges, kegs, party bowls, everything you can think of, and we wanted to capture it to remember. I took the reigns of filming it and when it came out, I found out I had a hidden love for filmmaking. My best friend, Casey, teasingly said, “You should really pursue making videos, I feel like you’d be really good at it.” I graduated college in Spring 2016 and worked at a Civil Engineering firm until April 2017. During the last six months of work, I began secretly filming sororities at my college, then more Greek life events at USC, Kansas, & Oregon. By using that to create a reel, I cold emailed every single DJ on every single EDM festival lineup in 2018 asking to film free of charge. Filming artists such as Firebeatz, London on da Track, and Kapslap opened up a world I have never experienced and I fell in love.
So on April 2018, I quit my engineering job on the spot and pursued filmmaking full time. As my experience and practice furthered, I was able to find a special connection with my now current artist, Mustard. I went full time with him in April 2019 and have produced about 200 videos for his Instagram. 45 vegas trips, a U.S. month long tour with Future and Meek Mill, and a work retreat in the Bahamas, it’s safe to say I did more in 2019 than most people do in their lives and I’m super blessed to have this opportunity. What made our connection so unique was the ability to quickly adapt to each other and pump out content to the utmost quality and entertainment ranging from his notorious, Drip Checks, Wave Checks, and Weight Checks. Now, I have reached a point with him where we are constantly evolving our visuals by elevating the quality and diversifying the brand. Earlier this year, I happily took part in his weight loss journey by providing a nutrition plan and weight loss calendar to reach his goal. Whether it was 5 phone calls a day from him or to pull up to his house throughout quarantine to help him in any means necessary, it was my underlying passion to help him reach his goal and succeed. I never stopped believing in him as he ended up losing 47 pounds in 90 days. So from applying filming, editing, and nutrition to multiple people in the 10 Summers team and family, all I want to say is that I am super blessed to have been given the opportunity to become more than a videographer in Mustard’s life. I want to share to people that life truly is good because you never know what you’re going to get. Cherishing the memories, thanking those in your path, and learning from mistakes is the best advice I can give to anyone that reads this article. I’m going from civil engineer, to filmmaker, to who knows. What I can tell you, is that I’m ready for what’s next.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Wow, what a question. In the three years of filmmaking, they weren’t joking when they said “blood, sweat, and tears.” A smooth road is the farthest thing in my story. I would stay home everyday after quitting engineering watching tutorials on YouTube, learning programs on the internet, and researching film tools to better my knowledge. My friends were constantly asking me to go out on the weekends, and I would turn them down every time because I was chasing my dream. Thankfully, they understood and have always stood by my side even to this day. By grinding everyday trying to pay off my student loans of $35k, I successfully did so by April 2018 which cleared debt from my name. I fell into an emotional spiral December of 2018 after a rough heartbreak, loss of job, and only a couple hundred dollars left in my bank account with rent due the next week.
But to be honest, I used that as motivation and it became my fuel to turn it around. I proved myself again in the gym, with videos, and networking, and was able to go full time with Mustard in 2019 where it was about to get more rigorous. The turnaround times for video edits were next day, meaning regardless of the time we finished the day’s schedule, 9PM or 4AM, the videos were due at noon the next day. So, by doing about 200 videos with filming, editing, VFX, and traveling the world, the journey is the most challenging yet satisfying road a filmmaker can experience. The reward is seeing the top artists in the world, do what they do best, and creating a piece of work to share with the world. This job was like no other. With my new path set as of lately, it will be my newest challenge to discover who Kyle is and will be in this world. We all get one chance to live the best lives we can and I want to live the best life for myself. With a sickening work ethic and rejuvenated sense of motivation, I’m determined to hone in on who I am and become the best version of myself in whatever that may be.
KREATE ENTERTAINMENT – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company KREATE ENTERTAINMENT is a production company that films music videos and content for musical artists. However, I’ve been working closely with Mustard as his sole filmmaker curating IG content to promote his new music in creative ways. I was known for making his Drip Checks, Weight Checks, and Wave Checks as well some spots for Nike and Peloton. I’m most proud of the opportunity because the journey is the part that I can share with the world which is what I’m doing now to hopefully inspire the next person to take that leap of faith and capture their dreams.
KREATE will continue pursuing production of music videos however there will be a rebrand of the company and potentially the birth of a new company with a new endeavor. We don’t want to limit ourselves to only making videos.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success by happiness and self-worth. Looking into a mirror, you’ll see the person you’re truly competing with everyday to become the best version of yourself. Yes, the money, cars, and houses are what we all strive to get at some point in our lives, and don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have all those as part of my success story, however I believe it’s the body of work and legacy you leave behind. When someone hears your name, they should know exactly what you stood for, and if it was in a positive light that left a message of a pursuit of happiness and high self-worth, I believe that person was successful.
- Website: www.kreateent.com
- Phone: 8185776569
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org