Today we’d like to introduce you to Oldine Monestime.
Oldine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always loved video production as well as listening to people’s life stories. Growing up, I was always in media production classes and naturally thought I would one day become a news reporter or television anchor. It wasn’t until my senior year of college while majoring in Broadcast Journalism at Florida A&M University that I fell in love with documentary filmmaking. I knew that television was a powerful medium, and I felt that it was the perfect way to tell captivating and inspiring stories. As a college journalist, I reported on state capital happenings. I also completed internships at CNN, as well as Miami’s Fox and PBS affiliates.
After graduating, it was challenging for me to find permanent work in television. However, I would take on freelance projects, which included producing a teen talk show at Island Television in Miami called ‘The Spot.’ I would also create some of my own short documentaries and post on YouTube. This lasted for years as people started to notice the knack for storytelling while I shared my work on various social media platforms. In early 2019, after heavy encouragement from an old friend and constantly being told by another that I should find a way to do this consistently, I decided to go ahead and launch Full Fruition Productions. While I never dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, I knew deep down inside that a dream of mine would be to one day own my own video production company. So today, it is a little funny and surreal to see it all unfolding.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been an easy road. A couple of months after doing a soft launch for Full Fruition, I lost my full-time job that I had at the time. This meant that I had no choice but to go full force with my business and no longer view it as a hobby. As it relates to support, I was disappointed about not receiving it from certain people in my life that I expected to encourage me along the way. I set out to make friends with other creatives and also did a lot of networking to find a mentor to help me on this journey. While I found a few people to guide me, not all of those relationships were positive.
In other words, I eventually had to cut ties with certain people that I thought had my best interests in mind but really did not. To add on to things, I am currently a solopreneur. While I have had some help from gracious individuals, I have been figuring out a lot of this business-building on my own. Thankfully, it allows me to learn and gain a great deal of insight on what business entails. It has also built my confidence and has trained me to trust my abilities. These are just a few out of a number of life lessons learned within the past year or so. I believe the continuous lesson for me, though, has been to not give up on my passion.
Please tell us about Full Fruition Productions.
I am a visual storyteller. I use video as a means to tell the stories of people and also businesses. I am known for how I creatively weave story elements that tend to evoke the emotions of an audience. I would say my niche is documentaries. However, I am opening myself to other areas like general event coverage. I am most proud of the fact that I haven’t given up in a very competitive, male-dominated industry that tends to involve great amounts of hustle. Not a lot of women are doing this-let alone black women. Once, after explaining to someone that I produce videos, she replied, ‘Wow, I don’t know many black women doing that!’ I thought to myself, ‘All the more reason for me to continue.’
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes and no. Miami is not like New York or Los Angeles, where new and big film productions are constantly forming and taking place. This isn’t to say Miami doesn’t have much going on in that arena. It’s just that here, you really have to build relationships with the right people in order to stay in the know and/or get in the mix of things.
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