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Meet Joben Baluyut

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joben Baluyut.

Hi Joben, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I got into videography and photography thanks to my amazing wife Charity. It all started when my close friend from Las Vegas moved to Oregon to live closer to us. One of the things that he brought with him was his PlayStation 4. So sometimes after work, we would spend a few hours playing video games just like when we were teenagers.

I enjoyed playing again so I asked my wife if we could buy a PS4. My wife thought about it and came up with an idea. One of the things she had wanted me to do for a long time made a few videos of our kids. So she said, “How about you promise to make a few videos of our kids cooking and you can buy the PS4.” I agreed and immediately bought the PS4. I didn’t have a nice camera at the time, but I thought we’d just use my friend’s camera, fulfill my promise, and call it a deal.

We did our first cooking video of our kids and little did I know how much I would enjoy the process of directing, filming/ recording, telling a story, and editing. I enjoyed it so much that I even forgot that I bought a PS4.

We made a few more videos of our kids cooking, and a few short films, and then some people at work saw our videos and took a risk of hiring us to do promotional videos and montage videos of their events. We received so much good feedback from everyone that my wife and I decided to make it an official videography business.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being in this highly saturated field that’s full of talented videographers and photographers, one of the biggest challenges I faced was confidence. Being confident with my product and with what I do.

Being confident skill-wise and on the business side of things. And along with confidence issues comes the dilemma of underpricing yourself and overpricing yourself. I think one of the ways I gained my confidence was by being honest with myself; being honest with my strengths and weaknesses, and then working on those weaknesses so that I could do a better job next time.

I think there will always be that question of “Am I really good enough to do this project?” especially as the projects get bigger. But, I believe the ultimate confidence builder for me was having my wife by my side to cheer me on. She let me know what I was good at, and what I needed to work on.

Having that honest person by your side can do wonders.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I do videography, photography, and editing. I have joined and competed in film festivals and challenges, have won a few awards, and have been recognized by notable filmmakers.

When I’m behind the camera, my goal is to really capture the moment/s and tell the story to make it as authentic as possible.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
One thing I learned is that it’s good to have other ways to make money. It may not be what you are passionate about, but when hard times come, you have to be flexible and have options in order to not just survive, but hopefully live.

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