We had the good fortune of connecting with Bear Prandelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bear, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When we first started our business, I had just finished working on a failed grow operation in Northern California and my brother and business partner had just dropped out of school. We had always talked about and dreamed about starting our own video production company, with the ultimate goal being to shoot high-level commercials, narrative films and documentaries. In essence we were forced by the universe to go for it. Neither one of us had much to lose at the point we were at in our lives and taking on the challenge of chasing our dream seemed like the best possible option. The whole experience was terrifying in many ways. We moved to Phoenix, a city where we had virtually no network, and had to start from the ground up. We didn’t have funding, a fancy office, a bunch of gear, or any help with marketing or branding. Everything had to be built from scratch, but in the end it was worth it. We retained the freedom to create something that we are proud to stand behind today, and we’ve managed to hire some amazing people and create a strong and supportive business network along the way. What it boiled down to for the two of us was this… We could either take the easy way, find a decent paying job, and hope that the companies that hired us cared about their employees or we could say “let’s stick it to the man” and create our own thing. The latter option just seemed like so much more fun.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
WulfenBear Media is a video production company based out of Tempe. We pride ourselves in creating visual content that gives our client a “big agency” feel, while creating a more intimate relationship with our clients, and without breaking the budget. We have a talented team of creatives who are all dedicated to their passions and love making dynamic and impactful content. We’ve made it to where we are today by having great communication with clients and by taking the time to really understand what each project needs in order to be successful. No client is too small or too big to benefit from the services we offer, and we treat each project with the same respect and attention to detail. The Most important lesson we’ve learned over the past few years we’ve been in business has been to network, and most importantly be open to sharing your knowledge and resources. Every good business lesson we’ve learned has been from the mentors we’ve met along the way who have been willing to sit down and share what they know about being successful. It’s also incredibly important (at least in the beginning) to take on as much diverse work as you can. Work with charities, work with corporate clients, work with models, work with musicians, shoot the weddings; you don’t know your strength until you try it all. Even when you mess up, just keep going. Above all things though, honesty and integrity in your work speak for everything you do.
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?
Eat: – Salut – Curry Corner – Udupi – Genuine Fresh – Culinary Dropout Drink: – Casey Moore’s – Shady Park – Yucca Tap Room – The Lil Woody Hang Out – Tempe Improv – Shady Park – Papago Park – Pressroom
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Please, please please reach out to Jayarr Steiner. He’s been an immensely positive influence both on myself as well as the communities within the valley. He’s a fantastic artist who you should absolutely interview. firstname.lastname@example.org or jayarr.art on instagram.
Model/events/clients: (in order of upload) – Raine Marie Walden – Dermalogica – June Jam 2019 – Spafford – Emily Litcoff – Maine Media Workshops – Bodee – Meliora Guitars
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