We had the good fortune of connecting with Thierry Denis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thierry, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe that the most important factor behind my success has always be to be trustworthy and just easy to work with. I run a video production company, and in my business, every project is a prototype, which can sometimes be stressful for everyone. In that regard, being able to smooth that process over and make the work environment enjoyable makes a ton of difference. Additionally, while I’ve typically produced similar things in the past (otherwise we may not be considered in the first place), I’ve rarely done an exact copy of what I’m offering to create for our clients. And therefore, it often times takes a bit of imagination, especially for an outsider, to get a sense of what the end deliverables will actually look like. In that sense, it takes a healthy dose of trust for a client to believe early on that we will deliver something that fulfills their needs and hire us for it. Trust and being agreeable is also paramount when working with freelancers, which make a big chunk of our crews. They need to know that they will have a positive work environment and that we will take care them and their needs as well. They ensure the success of the projects and trust in these relationships is about making them know that I value their work and what they’re bringing to the table, a lot.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started working in video production 15 years ago and after all that time I’m still as excited for new projects as I was back then. I don’t believe that I’ve arrived in any ways, and I think that mentality is key in any creative endeavor. No matter how it may look from the outside, there is so much I have to learn still, and so much I’ve yet to experience and create. At the end of the day, I think the main lesson I’ve learned is to enjoy the journey more than the destination, to appreciate the little things that make what I do so enjoyable. And there is a lot of little things, as video production is a very multi facet activity: from the pleasure of seeing what starts as an idea transformed into a piece people can enjoy to the great relationships created along the way, to the new skills that you inevitably learn on each projects. Creative work is tough, and what I’m most proud of is to be able to wake up everyday and make a living from it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is an amazing place to live in. Coming from Paris, it doesn’t have all the cultural experiences I had there, but what it lacks in museums or exhibitions it gains in amazing sights and lots and lots of nature, which has actually made the last few month a lot easier that some other parts of the country. So when it comes to friends visiting, that is where I start: Hike in Torrey Pines, some snorkeling in LaJolla Cove, and maybe a pic nic at sunset cliffs. Day 2 may include some boating or jetski on the bay followed by seafood in Point Loma, and again drinks somewhere by THE ocean, on harbor island for instance, to watch the sun set over downtown. A couple years ago I would have finished the night in a bar in NorthPark or SouthPark where you can find some great music without the downtown crowd, but with two kids at home now, nightlife has been a bit more difficult to plan for (or more precisely, it’s been harder to deal with the next morning – they wake up at 7am regardless on whether we partied or not…lol)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely give a shoutout to my wife, Ashley. We’ve been together for over 10 years and she’s always been extremely supportive of all the endeavor I got into, even when they were a bit out there! Having someone who believes in you, even when you don’t believe in yourself makes all the difference in the world. Another person who definitely deserves credit for my story, is my old boss Guy, in Paris where I grew up. I started doing video production as an intern in his company and went on to produce and direct projects under his guidance. He’s always been a role model, both in business and in personal life, and I don’t think I would be where I am today without his mentorship.
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