These are a few interview style questions that we put to Matt about his battle with work life balance as his video agency London Filmed breaks into the Events industry.
Start-up projects and entrepreneurship are a big talking point right now with a move away from faceless corporate jobs towards the dream of ‘making your stamp on your industry’. But what is it really like for a young adult trying to make their way in an ever-condensing market of creatives and agencies? Read Matt’s answers to find out:
What is your role now and what are the main responsibilities for you?
I am the creative director at London Filmed and City House Media. Day to day I’ll be leading the team to figure out great campaign ideas, how we can integrate new technologies such as VR into events, and eating at least 2 basic meals of tuna and rice.
How long have you been doing this for and what did you do before?
I set up as a freelancer about 4 years ago. I knew nothing about video. Things started to move quickly and surprisingly l was quite good at it and it blossomed into what we are today. Before that I started a bespoke footwear company, setting up a factory and Nike ID style website. Sadly that failed.
Can you think of any key challenges you had to overcome and how did you battle them to get to where you are?
Everyday is full of challenges, that’s part of the fun, but I guess the main challenge was learning to live on limited income and adhoc cashflow, while putting what would have been my wage back into the business to sometimes help it grow, sometimes help it stay alive. Making sacrifices such as not having a fixed abode for a while and crashing on friends sofas (sometimes a hostel) here and there was probably the hardest.
What is the dream, or where would you like to see yourself in five or ten years?
The dream is to build a company that produces great work, that really helps our clients. We really want an investment in our work to pay off, and for our clients to see great ROI. In ten years, if we’ve made even a little mark on the creative industry, that’ll be a good job done.
How do you find balancing lifestyle and downtime with your job?
Downtime? That would have been what I’d of said last year. But that was a mistake. From Jan 2017 I’ve taken a different approach and ensure I don’t work weekends and I only work when I’m working efficiently. If it’s 3pm and I’m not in the zone, I’ll pack up, take a few hours out and pick it up later. I’m getting so much more done.
If you could give one piece of advice to a young spark looking to start their business, what would that be?
I give advice in 3’s:
- Get good with money if you’re not already.
- Read The Lean Startup
- Don’t be shy to ask for help.
What has been your favourite event you have attended this month? If not month, this year?
The London Summer Event show, run by Story events. Incredible theming and atmosphere, and just a generally great exhibition.
And finally, what do you think is the best part about being an upcoming, self-employed business owner right now?
Freedom. Not just right now, but at any time.
Thank you so much for talking to us and telling us about your experiences! We love your filming (especially seeing as you filmed our Jobbio videos…)
Take a look at some of Matt and his friend’s work below and if you want to see more about the London Summer Event show take a look at our review here.
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