We had the good fortune of connecting with Darcy Bly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darcy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I always think of the quote, “leap and the universe will throw you a net”. It goes hand in hand with taking the risk & I believe it to be true. To take the initial risk is the hardest part of starting a business, but once you get going, there’s only momentum to gain from there. I am a risk taker by nature and it has definitely allowed me to continue being the purveyor of my creative freedom and craft.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a full-time Freelance Videographer and Editor has become my professional identity over the past 4 years. I feel extremely fortunate to have forged this path from Southern California to Australia to Ireland and back again. It hasn’t been easy. There’s no such thing as nine to five. Working weekends, late nights, odd hours, but it’s all part of the thrill. You are only as strong as what’s in your toolbox, so from the beginning I knew I wanted professional gear that could give me better picture quality and make post production a lighter workload. When I first started I had to sell my truck, my only means of transportation, to buy my camera equipment. I met an older man I’d found on the internet in the parking lot of Walmart and handed over the cold hard cash in exchange for an off-the-market camera you couldn’t find anywhere. Another big risk! And it was a massive sacrifice, but looking back it was all part of the journey. That camera has well earned its return on investment and I’m behind the wheel again in a new truck. It all works out when you believe in the dream. Im deeply passionate about what I do, I think artistic expression is the unspoken code to life, and to play with the imagination while working has given me inner joy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego County has so much to offer every walk of life. The best summer days are spent at the beach. If you can hop on a bicycle and cruise around for sunset, stop off to take in the golden rays of light dropping into the Pacific Ocean and then head out to Encinitas for some organic tacos from Haggos. Keep heading north to Oceanside. There you will find Captain Grounds Coffee on Coast Highway with some awesome smoothies and great coffee and Captain Helms which has the coolest array of vintage finds for men and women. Pour House has great live music featuring local musicians and close to South Oceanside Beach which is usually pretty mellow and accessible any time of the day or night.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Big shoutout to my creative soul sister from By Amy Lynn Photography. She inspired my transition from apparel brand owner to full-time videographer. Amy gave me a great piece of advice that I still use today, “Don’t look at what anyone else is doing, don’t compare, just be you, and it will resonate with others because it comes from your true self”. She takes incredible photos and encourages me when I experience self-doubt. Jaydy Gonzalez, owner of Iron Wolf Co. is another source of personal encouragement and inspiration. He’s a visionary when it comes to getting a group of people together and creating some type of collaboration whether it’s music, video, or a moto ride across Baja California. He sees something in everyone and doesn’t shy away from making new friends wherever he goes. Another big shoutout to my spiritual teachers who taught me there’s no such thing as mistakes, Ram Dass & Paramananda Yogananda. Reading through their insights and life wisdom gives me courage to keep pursuing my dreams.
Photos by Darcy Bly