Today we’d like to introduce you to Tigran Martirosyan.
Tigran, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve worked in multi-media since upon entering college, and I initially had aspirations of becoming a news reporter or producer. After years of working as a contracted production assistant for the NFL Network, KABC-TV, and Time Warner Sports (now Spectrum), I struggled continuing my career in a more consistent role.
Stability was important because at the time (2016), I was engaged to my now wife, who has been a huge part of my businesses success. While we were meeting with our to be wedding photography and videography team, I saw how much they seemed to enjoy their work, and being their own boss, and was inspired to do the same.
Like most businesses, it took some time for me to build a clientele, during this time I got a job as a cinematographer for JohnHart real estate, where I am still currently working, and my business was solely focused on promotional cinematography. Not too long after I decided to crack in to the event/wedding industry, and found some early success thanks to my great friend Roman of RTG Photography who had been referring me to a lot of his own clients who needed cinematography.
It took me some time to find my niche in terms of style, but I eventually came into my own, and found my own signature style, while being able to remain versatile.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been smooth, but thanks to so much support from my wife, who’s been a huge part of any success I’ve had, and my family, it’s definitely been smoother than I anticipated. It has also helped that both of us are Armenian and are in such a tightly knit and supportive community. So many of the established photographers and cinematographers in the event industry have helped me in so many ways.
The most difficult part for me was getting to a point where I felt like I could be really proud of my work and style. In the early stages, you feel timid in trying to be original and finding a style that might set you apart, and I spent so many hours watching works of some incredible internationally renowned cinematographers – trying to figure out what it is that made their work so spectacular.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MTFM – what should we know?
My business MyTimeForever Media (MTFM), has two accounts on Instagram. One is called MyForeverMedia, which focuses on events, and the other is called MyTimeMedia, which focuses on promos.
Much of our crews weekends are consumed with events such as weddings, christenings, birthdays, etc, while weekdays are consumed with a lot of promos, and for me, real estate.
I’m so proud of how far my company has come both in terms of clientele, but also in terms of the quality. If I weren’t proud of our content and services, just the financial portion of it wouldn’t be enough to make me happy. I think we all choose to go into a particular industry or business for a number of reasons, but when it comes to film and photography, or any artistic industry, you have to get fulfillment and satisfaction from your work.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
So many people, but my wife deserves most of the credit. From creating business cards to our pricing packages and contracts, to simply standing by whenever I asked her for her opinion while editing. I’ve always respected and appreciated her artistic vision and eye for good cinematography, and she always made time to watch my rough cuts and offer her opinion. In the beginning, when my business was just an idea, she pushed me to make it a reality. A lot of credit also should go to my big Armenian family as well, especially my parents, who’ve supported me in so many ways.
I’d be remiss not to mention so many of the cinematographers and photographers among the Armenian community.
Karen of ArmProduction, Sako of Sakosan, Roman of RTG Photography, Narek of Kamera Productions, Silvie of PhotosBySilvie, Emil of GasparianPhoto, and Moosho of MooshoPhoto. All of these business owners have become friends of mine and have offered so much advice, help, and constructive criticism along the way.
- Silver Package (2 cameras) – $3,200
- Gold package (3 cameras) – $4,000
- Platinum package (4 cameras) – $5,000
- Add ons: drone – $250
- Add ons: crane – $950
- Website: MyTimeForever.com (currently under construction)
- Phone: 818.621.7033
- Email: email@example.com