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Meet Patty Ivins Specht of PB&J TV + Docs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patty Ivins Specht.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Patty. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been making mini-documentaries since I was 16 years old. Telling real people’s stories was always my dream. Witnessing other people’s real lives – their problems, hopes, aspirations, victories and failures – their personal human experience captured on camera is simply thrilling. I love to observe how other people have solved the problems that life invariable throws all of us – this work has been my lifelong study in human behavior. Real people are simply remarkable and fascinating.

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?
I’ve made plenty of mistakes – mostly painful and expensive ones – ha! – but I have been lucky to course correct along the way and somehow, I always end up back on track. I’ve learned I’m stubborn and I think that is a great part of true perseverance.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with PB&J TV + Docs – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
PB&J TV + Docs is a nonfiction production company devoted to telling real people’s stories. I’m proud that I’ve run this business for 16 years and that I’ve made deep relationships along the way. People who have trusted me to tell their stories – their own victories and failures and deepest secrets and regrets. I always tell on-camera subjects that working together is a trust fall and I know it’s hard. I work to create relationships based on honesty and integrity, but these relationships must happen fast in order for the material on-camera to be authentic. And that’s hard for people – it’s a speed dating process that quickly jumps to an intimate relationship where you let me REALLY see you – the beauty and the vulnerability. I believe my gift is to make connections and create safe spaces for people to reveal their true selves.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am very focused on my next film. I can’t see past that right now.

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