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Meet Tom Nagel of Steel House Productions in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Nagel.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up on the Westside of Cleveland Ohio. As a child I worked in the entertainment industry as an actor inspiring my love for storytelling. After high school, I decided to join the US Navy to see the world and start a new journey. I finished my service in San Diego, CA and decided I wanted to pursue acting once more. I moved to Los Angeles with the hopes to find more work and learn everything I could about production. While working as an actor, I also worked in event marketing. My brother Brian Nagel moved out to Los Angeles during this time as well. After several years, my brother and I learned the ins and outs of event marketing where we saw opportunity to create a business. We formed Steel House Productions, inspired on a foundation of hard work. One idea was to use our marketing contacts to develop our commercial, video, and photography service. Through the years we have made strong relationships in film as well, which has led to success in independent film making. Steel House has received several film festival awards. We have also seen exponential growth in its’ short 3 year life. 2017 is bringing us another feature film and a lot more production with existing and new clients.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are always obstacles and challenges with running any company I think. It takes a lot of hard work, patience and persistence to be successful. I believe the key is to always be open to learning and growing. We have had many opportunities we were very excited for that fell through, even after a lot of work was put into it. But we have also had some projects come through that we didn’t think would happen. So you have to stay positive. You just have to believe in yourself and push forward. The industry we are in is not an easy one, but we have an extreme passion for it which always drives us to keep pushing and always strive to improve. Its ups and downs, but it is always exciting.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Steel House Productions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Steel House Productions is a full service video and photography production company. Our team can handle projects from conception, all they way through post production and final delivery. And anything in between. We specialize in marketing videos, commercials, photography and now feature films. If it involves video or photography we can handle it. No job is too big or too small. We have our own state of the art equipment, as well as a talented team, with decades of production and marketing experience. The cornerstone of our company is hard work and a commitment to excellence. We pride ourselves in creating cool stuff and always pushing to exceed expectations.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the outdoors! So having access to beaches and mountains in the same city is amazing! Also, the mass amounts of opportunity and places to explore is great. I don’t like to sit still, so if I’m not working, I’m out enjoying all the things Los Angeles has to offer.

Least liked thing…traffic! Lol

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