Five Years in Business — What?!
Updated: Sep 17, 2020
When I started Taylor Frey Productions, LLC, on September 17th, 2015, (five years ago today) all I knew was I wanted to help people share their stories through video production. When I was a junior in college, I realized video was becoming an increasingly effective way to reach large audiences virtually. When I visited people’s websites, I found myself wanting to click on a video rather than reading a page to learn more about a company. That's how I decided to start my business.
Looking back, I can’t help but think about how God has led me through this process. From someone secretly giving me cash money in envelopes at my church, which I saved to purchase video equipment, to the people I’ve met along the way who keep this business going - it has been nothing short of many of miracles along the way.
In 2015, I was a year and half out college, interning at Farm Bureau Federation. I produced videos for a TV show called TWILA TV. My beloved boss, Michael Danna, had passed away in March and my new boss, Carey Martin, was hired. They both were constant encouragers to me. After much, MUCH, prayer, I told him my time at TWILA was reaching an end and I wanted to start a business making videos. He smacked his hand on his desk and said, “Great! We will be your first client!” And they were! I signed my first contract as TFP, producing videos for a segment called the Ag-Minute. Then, my business started to grow.
I was living with a family from my church rent free, working out of their extra bedroom. In fact, my first two years of business I lived with two separate families rent free. I COULD NOT have done it without their support.
After the contract ended with TWILA TV, I was sitting at a park one day journaling about my next steps. Then, a tiny, fiery, woman named Beth Townsend stopped on her bike to encouraged me. She said, “Hey! I think God’s got good things in store for you. What’s your name?” We started talking about what I did for a living. She happened to be the publisher of the Baton Rouge Christian Life Magazine. She hired me to do videos for her social media page. I got to film a story of Chef John Folse that was viewed a lot of times. And from there, it was uphill!!
A non-profit called Manners of Heart happened to see that video, and Mrs. Jill Gardner hired me to produce commercials for the #BRRespect movement. During that time I also signed a contract working for Louisiana Grazing Lands to produce their videos and became their Coordinator and then, Executive Director. That job led me to become Outreach Coordinator / Social Media Specialist for National Grazing Lands Coalition.
Five years ago, if you would have told me I'd be traveling around the United States, meeting the kindest, wisest, smartest, business people, farmers, and ranchers out there, I just wouldn't believe you! I feel extremely lucky to be in the career that I am in at the time we are living in. I am also extremely aware it took God setting up many divine appointments along the way AND for those people to believe in me when I did not believe in myself. It also took many late nights, failures, tears, frustrations, learning curves, a lot of patience, and determination.
I hardly stop to reminisce on all that has happened in five years, but today I am! And it is good. But I feel like we are just getting started.