Idaho Speakeasy | Stories and advice from Idaho business owners, entrepreneurs, creators, local icons, and community leaders who are making an impact in Idaho. With host: Mike Turner
About This Show
Mike Turner, host of the Idaho Speakeasy, is a local business owner, author, and world travel junkie. Mike has always been enthralled to meet and learn from other local entrepreneurs, community leaders and fascinating local icons in the community he calls home. Mike soon discovered that the stories and advice he was getting was too rich and valuable to not be shared with the rest of the community. With that, the concept for Idaho Speakeasy was born. For more, visit: http://IdahoSpeakeasy.com.
Most Recent Episode
IDS-017 Josh Creamer, Following Your Heart and Passion
6 days ago
CEO and Creative Director of Red Fox Visual, a creative agency that does video production, web design and development, photography, and social media marketing. Josh visits the Idaho Speakeasy to talk about following his heart.
From Tragedy to Passion
Creamer had been doing freelance video for awhile, but it took a personal tragedy in his life to get him into the business. In 2014, his uncle, who was one of his closest friends, passed away unexpectedly. “He always told me to follow my heart,” says Creamer. “He passed away on a Friday. I quit my job on Monday, started this company, and never looked back.”
Training into His Passion
As someone who likes to learn everything he can about something before telling someone he can do it, Creamer considers himself a research junkie. “When I was still doing freelance and experimenting, I would just research and read,” he says. “You can get an entire education on Youtube these days. I just wanted to learn all I could.” He also had friends in the industry who taught him valuable lessons.
Hard Lessons Along the Way
One of the hardest lessons he had to learn was how to price himself. “Something creative like what we do it so abstract, and nobody really knows what the numeric value is on something like that,” Creamer explains. He priced himself super low to begin with, then had to teach himself that it was not fiscally responsible. “You’ve got to value your own time,” he says. “You can’t undervalue your skill set and what you do, what you bring to the table.”
Of course there are scary moments along the way as well. Sometimes he had moments where he thought he couldn’t take it anymore. “You’ve got to pick yourself up and try to make what you have work. Make some mistakes and move forward from that, even if you have zero dollars in your bank account,” he says.
Doing Their Passion Well
Many companies around Boise do white labeling, which is when they offer a service that they can’t do, and then subcontract that service to somebody else. “I think what sets us apart is that we don’t try to spread ourselves too thin,” Creamer says. “We do what we do, we do it really well, and we do it all in house, which means we can have creative control over every aspect of our projects for our clients.”
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