We had the good fortune of connecting with Von Ware and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Von, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was mainly on a whim. I was retiring from competing at the Olympic Level in Track & Field and got a job with a small television production company and learned about broadcast tv. My wife the smarter one in my marriage suggested that I focus on sports media because It was something I had a background in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a sports cinematographer/photographer manly. I film and photograph pro athletes’ sports teams and create sports content. What I think sets me apart from others in my field is that I am a former professional athlete. I was a US Olympic Track & Field athlete. My background as an elite athlete helps me not only have a great rapport with the athletes I work with but also helps me create and tell stories from a true athlete’s perspective. I’m proud of the fact that I can give the athletes I work with a voice and provide them with content that helps them take control over their branding. It is hard in any profession to get to a professional level. I’m not even close to where I would like to be in my profession. It’s forever changing in my industry and you have to stay on top of technology but I’m passionate and love what I do and work hard every day. The sports production industry as well as other industries is a hard profession to be successful in due to the lack of opportunities for African Americans I would say that is probably one of the biggest challenges to have to overcome in this industry. One of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is that you have to always be learning and perfecting your craft. Once you stop learning then you will never grow as a professional. What I would like the world to know about me and my work is that I bring the same dedication, quality, and perseverance I did as an Olympic athlete to the digital media world. You can’t go wrong when you have a cinematographer/photographer who was a pro athlete creating content for your sports brand or athlete.
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?
With San Diego being a tourist town the first thing you have to do is take anyone visiting our local beaches. I would say Carlsbad or La Jolla will always impress. After chilling at the beach you have to take them to eat during the day.
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?
Wow! That is a hard one. I have lots of people to thank. Well, my Wife Jennifer Ware and Mazio Royster from 3rd and 1 inc. Those two have pushed me to the next level and have supported me in all I do.
Justin Truong photo of me standing alone holding camera.