Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Frias.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was always fascinated by media and cinema. Drawn into the story lines and characters as I watched a movie on TV, my mom would call out my name and I seriously could not hear her. Not because the volume was too loud. I was just so focused I didn’t have any attention to spare.
Passion for film stayed with me throughout my life. I dabbled in acting during my high school years, but when I went off to college I was encouraged to study something “responsible.” So I started a pre-med track at the University of Florida.
Well, that lasted a semester and a half of Chemistry, at which point I declared life was too short to spend in the confusing drudgery of chem equations and lab exercises. No offense to those who love that kind of stuff, but it definitely was not for me. I dropped that course and felt so relieved. But, I still wasn’t sure what I would do next.
A few days later, I saw a friend playing around with a video camera for a small project. I helped her out and really enjoyed it. I thought to myself, “I can do this.” I switched to a video production major the very next day.
I’ve worked on all kinds of videos since then. News, documentaries, marketing videos, commercials. I’ve enjoyed it all, I sometimes wonder where I’d be if I never dropped out of Chemistry. Or if I never helped my friend with her video project and switched majors. I’m sure life would be still be great, but man, does this video thing fit me. Really, it’s like a glove.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest challenge I’ve had is believing in myself and my abilities. I’ve been doing this for 14 years. I’ve learned a lot and have grown in my profession, but the nagging whisper of self-doubt has many times been a hindrance. At times, it made me feel like an impostor. Thankfully, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to recognize that voice, dismiss it quickly and continue to work hard. I’ve also asked for help along the way when I need it. I try to stay on a constant state of learning and growth while being confident in what I can accomplish.
Blue Denim Media – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Blue Denim Media focuses on storytelling that inspires, educates and excites. From commercials and documentaries, to promos and testimonials, Blue Denim Media aims to bring out the human element in every story to create connection and a following for each client. I enjoy hearing people’s stories and telling their stories. With video saturating much of the internet, I believe stories told from a genuine perspective can create connection with an online audience. That’s what I purpose to do.
I’m proud to be a female business owner. I’m proud to develop long standing relationships with my clients–many of whom come back multiple times for more videos and projects. I always seek to be up front and honest even if it costs me more. I heard a long time ago, “People like to do business with people they know, like and trust.” I’ve taken that to heart and go out of my way to make the production process enjoyable for my clients while never sacrificing quality.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as living in way that brings satisfaction, joy and peace, both personally and professionally on a daily basis. What may bring daily “success” for an individual varies from person to person. Setting goals and accomplishing them is important but by breaking down those goals into daily rituals that move us closer to those goals we can live out success daily.
I tend to think ahead too much. So much, so that I lose sight of what’s in front of me. It’s hard to be grateful for the here and now when I’m consumed with (or worrying about) the future. So, as a remedy, I celebrate the small wins and daily accomplishments. It makes it easier to enjoy the process — instead of waiting to hit a big goal in the far future to feel like a success. If I’m able to tend to personal and professional needs that make me feel fulfilled, moves my company and creates growth for myself as a person — I’m happy. I’m successful.
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