We recently connected with Kenrick Mills and have shared our conversation below.
Kenrick, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Earning a full time living from one’s creative career can be incredibly difficult. Have you been able to do so and if so, can you share some of the key parts of your journey and any important advice or lessons that might help creatives who haven’t been able to yet?
I am very lucky to be able to earn a full-time living doing both videography and photography for businesses here in South Florida. I graduated college and was still unsure about the career I wanted to take on moving forward. I knew I couldn’t be someone who was doing a typical 9-5 and I needed to be doing something creative to keep myself ultimately fulfilled.
The internet has really opened up an uncountable amount of opportunities for creatives and has given many of us a chance to make a living being creative. The business didn’t grow overnight, but over the past 8 years I have been able to work for myself and it’s been super rewarding. There is always a risk involved in working for yourself, but if you don’t at least try – you could be making a huge mistake.
One of the biggest obstacles in working for yourself is accountability and having self-awareness. You have to trust yourself, know yourself, and be able to keep yourself motivated because no one is going to do it for you.. There are so many ebbs and flows that can make you want to quit and start working for someone else – but just taking one day at a time and trying to be present in the moment can really go along way and get you through those ‘tough’ days.
Kenrick, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
My business is called Earthwalker Media and we are based out of Jupiter, Florida. We are a small, boutique video production company that serves as a creative extension to businesses and can provide them with affordable creative content to use in many different facets.
Being able to be creative on a daily basis is extremely rewarding. When I can meet with a new business, learn about what makes them unique, what products or services they provide, and collectively generate creative ideas that can help their business grow is everything. Introducing new perspectives as an outsider can really breathe new ideas and really flush out ways to help a business grow efficiently.
Here at Earthwalker Media, we like to tell visually creative stories. We enjoy getting to the source of what makes a business successful. We are always excited to have a discovery conversation with new and potential clients to see what kind of value we can provide them!
How’d you build such a strong reputation within your market?
Building relationships is extremely important to me within the realm of business. Many of the businesses I have worked with eventually become personal friends of mine. Really getting to know them as a business owner, how they run their business, and really listening to their goals helps cultivate a solid bond over time. Many service providers can come off as very ‘transactional’ and we try our best to be more than that.
Whether it’s taking those few extra minutes to go deeper within a conversation to get to the root of the solution, or just providing a safe place for the business to be vulnerable and tell me their weak points are all ways we can help get a business in the right mindset for creating the right content for them.
Where do you think you get most of your clients from?
Networking and using social media has become the best source of leads for this business over the past 8 years. Whether it’s in person conversations (networking) or showcasing past work on social media, both strategies have yielded a good return on the time and effort put into them. Ultimately we want to work with others who are excited, motivated, and ready to think outside of the box for the best results possible!