I’m passionate and creative, but I’m not a business mastermind like Mark. I’m proud of his success, and I’m glad I could be involved at the beginning of his two big successes, ATS Acoustics and ATS Rentals.
I remember my very first business venture. I partnered with my older brother. We had a red flyer wagon, and once a week we walked up and down our block collecting recycling bottles and cans from our neighbors. Then we’d load up the van and cash in at the recycling center for a little spending cash.
When I was a little older I ran a paper route once a day, which gave me at least a solid hour of daydreaming (I may have missed a house once in a while). I had a dream of opening up a Lego toy store. I knew I would outgrow the toys someday, and that was the only solution I could come up with to keep playing with Legos as I got older.
I didn’t plan to be a business owner but when I graduated from college, I started freelancing here and there on evenings and weekends. Eventually my dreams became Center Street Productions, which was a solid side gig until my wife and I jumped into full-time self-employment in 2009.
Like starting a family, I had a lot of romantic ideas. I ran into harsh realities pretty fast, but God’s been faithful despite my mistakes and shortcomings.
Surviving as a self-employed freelance videographer is a challenge. It takes a lot of focus and a lot of faith. I hope I can continue to do it well!