“Be disciplined. Expect to work harder than you ever have but try to do so in a smart way. Success rarely will come without a lot of sacrifice and work.
Taylor Steele, who graduated from BYU-Hawaii, is now a manager of Media Production Center at BYU-Hawaii. Below are the Q&As about how he was able to pursue his passion and how he has benefited from Entrepreneur program at BYU-Hawaii.
Q: What is your business?
“I create videos that help tell the stories of individuals and companies.”
Q: What inspired you to start this?
“I’ve always had a passion for video, even when I was a kid. I tried pursuing other career paths but didn’t ever seem to fit who I was. I was finding success with small video projects and decided to pursue it and never went back.”
Q: How long did it take to complete?
“I feel like it will never be complete. It took time before I started to get paying clients, but even now my goals to take my business broadened.”
Q: What have you learned about running your own business?
“I’ve learned that doing video is almost more about hard work, understanding business, marketing and networking than it is about the art itself. It’s important to improve and refine your craft, but who you know often times will lead you to opportunity. Running a successful business requires a lot of hard work, more work than if you were working for someone else. There’s no employer who cares what you’re doing or holding you accountable. Your success is entirely up to you. I think that’s the exciting part about it. The sky is the limit.”
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
“Entrepreneurship is very exciting because you never know what opportunity will come next. I’ve found that to be the case with my business so far. One project will need to the next, and often times that project is completely different than the one before. It’s rewarding to see your work pay off when because of one project, or working with one client, leads to working on something greater. I’d like to keep following that path and never stop.”
Q: How do you market your business?
“Social media as being a simple yet powerful tool to getting paid work. Word of mouth has also created a lot of opportunities. One video project usually leads to the next. “
Q: How was your time at BYUH?
“The experience I had as a student has been invaluable to helping me be where I am today. The opportunities I had and mentors I gained allowed me to use and develop my skills that led to my first paid work. I learned we are given certain talents to use in our careers and the Lord will help us recognize those if diligently ask and seek to know what those are. Experiencing the diversity at BYUH has opened my eyes to what’s possible with those talents.”
Q: How has the BYUH entrepreneurship program helped you further your business?
“See how was your time at BYUH. Mentors taught me principles of entrepreneurship that still hold true as I keep trying to build my business. “
What do you want people to know about how you got started? /
What advice do you have for those who are looking to start a business?
“Be disciplined. Expect to work harder than you ever have but try to do so in a smart way. Success rarely will come without a lot of sacrifice and work. For most entrepreneurs, it doesn’t happen over night. I was taught that the Lord is your best business partner. Involve the Lord in all that you do and you won’t ever go wrong.”