We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane Faye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shane, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
This is such a good question because it reminds me of what’s really important in life. It’s really tempting to put my career in a box that lives outside of my life’s greater purpose, but I think the people that really leave a lasting impact on the world put the same passion and conviction into their work as they do in the rest of their lives. Therefore, I want people to remember me as a kind and hardworking person who used every business opportunity to leave the client in a better place than they were before reaching out. If it’s a business, I want the business to increase profits. If it’s a non-profit, I want the non-profit to increase awareness and donations. If it’s a social justice movement, I want justice to come one step closer to reality. If it’s a musician, I want their music to be heard by more people. I want the world to be a better and more successful place as a direct result of the work I do. It all starts with getting to know your client and truly caring about them. They are making an investment in me by working with me, and I want their investment to pay off big time. The best way to do that is to care deeply about their success and work collaboratively on projects that are appropriately scaled for their next best step.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
That’s a good question. I am really proud of how far I’ve come in my career emotionally-speaking. Earlier in my life, I really struggled with taking myself seriously as a professional. When I had my first few jobs as a teenager, I was really unmotivated and uninspired. I didn’t really have much hope of becoming a successful worker and contributor to society. All I really wanted to do was go home and escape reality with video games. In my mid-twenties I started working at a biotech company in Tacoma, WA and I experienced my very first work environment where I was given free respect and treated like a fellow human being. Something switched in me then where I began wanting to work hard. The moment someone treated me like a peer, I began acting like one. Fast forward several years to 2019 and my wife and I decide to move to southern California, a place that I NEVER thought I could afford to live or ever buy a house. It required so much belief in myself as a bread-winner. Could I really build a business that paid enough to support us in such an expensive city when I’ve never made more than $15k a year with my side hustle video production business? Granted, we had a decent amount of savings and an affordable place to live thanks to my family, but I still had many moments of anxiety attacks wondering if we’d made the right decision. My second year in business was the first time my business and income exploded, even during a pandemic. March was rough, but the rest of the year blew up. I attribute it now to simply not giving up, being wise about our savings, remaining optimistic, and putting in the work day in, day out. I really believe that if you do those things and not quit, then it’s only a matter of time before you attain your goals and dreams, even if they end up changing along the way. Optimism and perseverance coupled with wisdom and outside advice really will lead to success.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, if the current world events with the pandemic were not closing most of the businesses around us, there is a LOT to do in San Diego. 🙂 The week would definitely include trips to the Zoo, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, La Jolla, and Pacific Beach. I’d take them to Buona Forchetta in South Park, The Henry in Coronado, Filippi’s in Little Italy, and Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. We’d definitely have to have a beer at Eppig Brewery and Ballast Point. And I’d have to either take them surfing or paddle boarding.
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?
The author Donald Miller has written several books about business that have been instrumental in my success as an entrepreneur in the Video Production arena in Southern California. In particular, his books “Building A Storybrand” and “Business Made Simple” have helped me tremendously. I couldn’t recommend them more to any fellow entrepreneurs and freelancers.
Images captured by Christin Fayé.