1. When did you decide you wanted to be a videographer? Did you have a different career before starting Tripp Films? What was it that made you start your own business?
When I started college, I had no idea that filmmaking/videography could be a career! Luckily I was required to take a class unrelated to my major, and I chose a class called The World History of Film. It introduced me to that whole world and I immediately fell in love with all aspects of film! Looking back even before then, I was always making videos for class projects so it kinda makes sense now. During college, I interned and worked for people who owned their own business, so I was familiar with that environment and knew I would likely end up doing that, mostly because I wanted autonomy and freedom with my schedule. But I didn't know what that would look like until I moved to Houston. I was introduced to the creative community here, which got me thinking more about starting my own videography business. I ended up going on this epic road trip along the west coast that completely blew my mind and changed my perspective: I didn't want to waste any more time doing things I didn't care about. I came back from the trip and started Tripp Films shortly after.
2. Who is your ideal client, and what type(s) of project(s) do you dream about?
My ideal client is a small business owner who understands their brand and client, knows what they want to convey and appreciates a collaborative creative process. I like working with people who want to be a part of the process of creating their Branded Film but who are also comfortable with taking suggestions and input. As far as dream projects... Part of the reason I love my job is that it never gets boring, every client is different and takes a different approach. With that said, I do keep a Wishlist of types brands I hope to work with each year.
3. How would you describe your film style? Do you adapt to the look/feel of various businesses, or do you prefer to work with brands that mesh with yours?
That's a really good question. My film style is cinematic, personal, warm and authentic. Most brands that want to work with me are already drawn to my particular style, so I don't necessarily need to change it to fit them. However, I do ensure that their film fits their own brand as well by using color, branding, fonts and music. My style is also somewhat adaptable. It's not pigeonholed into one particular tone, it can fit many styles from light and airy to bright and colorful.
4. Did anything about the branding process surprise you?
My own pickiness haha! I think I got caught up in the details too much sometimes and you were great at keeping things on track and empowering me to make decisions with the big picture in mind.
5. What was your favorite part of the branding process? Which part was the hardest?
I loved the initial concept phase. When you sent over the first round of concepts, I literally started tearing up seeing my brand come to life in these designs. The hardest part was narrowing down what I wanted from there and getting down to the nitty gritty details.
Here’s a peek at the designs we played around with before settling on the final concept: