We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Gratz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Instead of fearing unknown outcomes, I view risk taking as more of an opportunity. Taking risks has led me to where I am today in my business—from leaving my hometown and joining the military to making the financial commitment to starting my business—all of it would not be possible without taking a risk.
When I started my business, I knew there would be many risks, including financial and competitive ones. Even when the outcome was not as I expected, I felt at peace with the decision knowing that I failed moving forward. Risk taking is a part of life and, although it is not always easy, taking risks has led me to a more fulfilling life in both business and personal aspects.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe my unique background is what led me to loving video production as much as I do. I served seven years active duty in the Air Force as a broadcast journalist traveling the globe covering world events. I feel very fortune that I was not only able to serve my country, but also purse my passion in videography. I would not be where I am today without the personal and professional training I received in the military.
When creating Gratz Creative Management, I wanted to put a large emphasis on storytelling. I believe that quality storytelling, one that will truly resonate with an audience, is one of the most overlooked aspects of multimedia—mainly because it is very hard to do effectively!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would show them all my favorite speakeasies in town (shh, this is just between us!). The White Rabbit in Gilbert, 36 below in North Phoenix, and Melinda’s Alley in Downtown Phoenix are just a few great speakeasies across the Valley. These places not only have a secretive and intimate environment, but also serve delicious cocktails.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe my success to my father. He taught me how to handle adversity, how to treat people with respect, and that even if a situation becomes uncontrollable you can always control your positive attitude.
Other: Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user116155474
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