We had the good fortune of connecting with Kody Combes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kody, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Success isn’t built overnight. You have to trust the process because good things take time to develop. It takes long days and even longer nights, plus a lot of coffee. Remember that the day you plant the seed isn’t the day you eat the fruit. Tony Robbins once said “If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” I’ve spent a lot of time searching for those people and learning from them and that has helped not only my business grow but my mindset about business and people as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is primarily in the wedding industry but I also do commercial work along with normal family, couple, and engagement shoots. I love telling the story of a couple’s wedding day. There’s nothing else like it. Each day is specific to that couple and brings a unique perspective to the film.
Outside of my production company, I’m an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). My goal is to one day join the fire department but for now I work for 2 different companies as an EMT, one being for Bally Sports (formally know as Fox Sports) in the production studio which is great because it combines both of my passions for emergency medicine as well as film production.
Needless to say, I don’t have a lot of free time. Finding a balance between my work and social life isn’t easy. I tend to be workaholic with a lot of goals so taking time for myself isn’t something I prioritize. Something I’ve learned along the way is that you need to take time for yourself. You need to rest and decompress. If you’re not feeling 100%, you’re not going to perform at 100% and therefore your work will suffer.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely love coffee so the first thing on my list would be to hit as many little coffee shops in the city as possible. I’m a big outdoorsy person so I would also take them up north to the Flagstaff and Sedona areas to hike around different trails. Once we’re back in the valley, a restaurant called Chino Bandido’s, a Chinese/Mexican cuisine, is a must have on the food list along with Ta’Carbon, one of my favorite spots for authentic Mexican food. Some highlights of the city to be seen would be Tempe Town Lake, Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden, and Lost Dutchman State Park which is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Nothing beats an Arizona sunset so that’s when I would recommend visiting all of these places for the best Arizona experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a huge shout out to my family! They’ve backed me in this journey from the start. It takes countless hours to start and maintain a production company. Sometimes those hours mean missing family events and dinners but they have all been nothing but supportive along the way. My sister was the one who actually gave me my first DSLR. I was obsessed with taking pictures from that point on. They constantly brag about me to their friends and even after some very long days of shooting, different family members will call me on my drive home just to see how everything went!
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