We had the good fortune of connecting with Zachary Pope and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zachary, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Since I was young I always loved going to the movies & really believed that is one of the few mediums that can bring such unlikely people together. So right out of high school I jumped right into this space and decided to create my own reviewing site where I could talk movies & bring together people like this!b
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work started with just creating YouTube videos to talk movie & over the years that’s expanded to writing & doing the videos as well. I had to teach myself photoshop, video editing, & really much and still learning new things that I can do to make the videos even better. Setting apart from others I truly always try to look at the good in film I don’t want to be trashing and tearing one apart. I believe film appreciation is the best piece of it all. It’s not easy to make a movie. Getting to where I am today has continued to keep struggles many reps I feel look down on YouTube critics at times and even when going to film festivals many others seem to frown upon them as well. Overcoming was just being persistent and showing my dedication to the medium… but even then it’s still a lot.
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?
This is a great question because a couple years ago one of my film friends actually flew out and we got to do a whole week fun adventure. I had two early screeners lined up so I wanted to include those and take him to two of the nicest theaters in Arizona. Harkins Camelview Scottsdale and Harkins Scottsdale 101. We ended up getting Rehab Burger in Scottsdale as well & just hit the sights. Lots of the parks & hikes. But he had also never been to California so after the 4 days out here we took a two day trip out to California to adventure around. Truthfully anyone that comes out here that’s the time I’d show them
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My success my wins all come from everyone involved in my life. My grandmother who would take me to the movies every single weekend. My parents for showcasing so many unique films growing up. My girlfriend & friends who continued to support me through all the ups and downs. Plus anyone that has ever believed in my success & that I’ve met along the way. Reps, Other journalist & even my audience. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.