We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Ward Bethke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan Ward, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Before starting my own business, all I knew was being employed by the government or corporate America. It was great in my early years: perfecting my craft and establishing my work ethic and professionalism. As an artist, I came to realize that you can be comfortable and make a good living working for someone else. But that is where it ends. The secure feeling that I felt was a mirage, as I was laid off after a merger of of two companies. I was at a fork in the road: become an employee somewhere else, or start my own business. It wasn’t till that happened that I realized the freedom that came with the risk in working for yourself. I thought about it for years, but it took someone else to pretty much make the decision for me. And to this day, I am forever grateful for that happening because I couldn’t be happier. Life works in mysterious ways.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Ever since I could hold a crayon, I loved to draw. This developed into a serious hobby and skillset of mine. It led me to graduate from SDSU with a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis in Multimedia. I was attracted to the print world of Graphic Design. I took up Photography and Videography on the side. I saw the print world beginning to plateau, so the move to the digital world was imminent. I had an eye for Photography and Videography and they became by passion, not to mention bread and butter. I branched off and obtained my drone pilots license as well as started to stream live events online. I never abandoned Graphic Design though, as it is still a large percentage of my business income today. Many artists prefer to be very good at one specific craft, medium or style. I pride myself in being very good at multimedia: photography, video, drone, live stream and graphic design. Being able to seamlessly bounce from one creative media to another and produce top quality work has single handily grown my network, clientele, and referral base to heights I would never imagined for my business: RWB Multimedia. I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for anything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As soon as my friend would get into town, we would head to Cabrillo National Monument for some breathtaking views. On the way, we would stop at Point Loma Seafood for a couple crab sandwiches. We would then head back downtown to catch a Padre game at Petco; one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in the country. On the way, we would swing by Ballest Point for a couple Sculpin IPAs. After the game, we would head to Harney Sushi for some incredible rolls and wash it down with a couple bottles of Nigori. The next day we would head to Mona Lisa’s in Little Italy for a couple deluxe deli sandwiches. After that we would drive to Pacific Beach and hang out all day on the beach and have a drink on the sand at La Hinas. After that, we would pop into Luche Libre in Mission Hills for some incredible Mexican food. After that, we would finish off the night at the Lamplighter for some local drinks and karaoke. Now that’s a weekend!
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?
As I mentioned before, after I was laid off I was at a crossroads. If it wasn’t for my wife’s (fiancé at the time) motivation and inspiration, I would never have made the move to start my own business. She quit her job the year prior and opened her own organic facial spa: Kiwi Spa in Pacific Beach. She has since opened another location. I supported her and watched her navigate to being her own boss and it lit a fire in me once I was let go. Maya Bethke is not only my wife, mother to our son, and best friend…she is my hero.
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