Business Anniversary

On May 31st, I celebrated being four full-time years in business with my team, but decided to write a bit of the story on our Facebook page. Here it is!

May 31st, 2013 at around 10:35 AM I decided to take my part-time business in multimedia started somewhere around April 9th, 2009 full-time. I had been pursuing odds and ends jobs throughout my undergraduate, exploring my options after graduating from college, and after some major downs, took the leap with the encouragement of only my parents and Ann.

Through thick, thin, and everything in between, I have kept it going profitably for 4 years. While drumming brings me joy and teaching college is a level of giving back I never thought I would experience in my life (leading me through grad school), running this thing I started with a simple email from a potential client (Stacy Hamilton, actually!) while taking a break at the gym all those years ago in 2009 has taken me more places, brought me into the lives of more incredible people, and allowed for things in my life to happen faster than I ever anticipated, even being a proverbial “millennial who hasn’t had to work for anything.” Trust me when I say, I’ve never worked harder.

I’ve shared the story of taking it full-time, but I’ve never really shared the story of why I ever wanted to start a business to begin with. It’s pretty short. That fateful spring of 2009 where I started, I was in the middle of transferring to Carroll because UW-Whitewater had written me a letter, suggesting I do anything else with my life because they felt I wasn’t cut out for multimedia. Just as I have done with everything since I was a kid, I merely thought to myself “I’ll show them.”

Well, 4 full-time years, 9 years total, I’ve gotten to do a lot. Whether it was producing an evidence video that helped save someone innocent for a law firm, calling Aaron Rodgers “Mr. Rodgers” by accident on a commercial shoot, designing graphics for the majority of Milwaukee’s music and nightlife scene, or watching about 50+ couples say “I do” from the edit screen of Adobe Premiere, I’m glad I did exactly what my parents dreaded when I was younger. Ignore a professional’s advice.

And now, I’m slowly but surely growing a team of freelancers to help with the work I’ve got, giving back as much as I can to budding entrepreneurs, and even diversifying (hopefully) into other industries, because let’s be real, I like a lot of stuff.

If I’ve learned anything so far from business, it’s that life is a playground. Don’t ever settle in anything, even outside of your career. Don’t ever let anyone fit you into a standard they believe you belong in, because the only person that knows you best is you. Don’t categorize yourself, because we can all be great at anything we try. And most importantly, take a chance. If you fail, it’s only practice. Success isn’t this “end product,” success is trying and continuing on.
It’s awfully nice out, maybe I’ll take some time off today. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being in my life.

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ATTENTION: Local Bands! Festival Season is Upon Us!

And you know what that means, right?? You don’t? Oh yeah, that’s right, you don’t, because we haven’t offered this just yet until now!

We are looking to film local and regional performers at any and every Milwaukee festival this festival season! Be it State Fair, Summerfest, Waukesha County Fair or the plethora of church festivals; let us film your live performance!

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Observational Cinema

Here is an example of our filming a live performance for the Southwestern Suburban Symphony and their production of “Simply Sinatra,” starring Las Vegas entertainer Steve Lippia. We love producing live event videography, especially for such a wonderful client!

Contact us today for event videography! Be it a sporting event, a music event; nothing is too big or small for us!

Much, much love everyone! Speaking of love, back to wedding film edits… more samples coming soon!

Hate Mail

A word to the wise, my team and I read it, but don’t put any thought into it. As a matter of fact, you will likely get some form of social media connection notification from us if you send us some type of disrespectful, presumptuous, and down right immature message in any way. Consider it our way of saying “you took the time to insult us without knowing who we are, so we must be worth enough to connect via phone or even in person, so let’s connect digitally and make that happen in the real world!”

Needless to say, it never happens.

This anonymity digital technology has offered society since the dawning of the Internet has gotten out of hand and bred a class of people with a pixelated puffed out chest supported by a physical, real world backbone of a stick of butter on a Phoenix driveway. With everything from catfishing and cheating on a life partner to cyber-bullying at any age and constantly having to contest everything; it’s depressing. Use your brain. If you were to walk up to someone in a public forum and call them names to their face, you can expect a real world consequence, be it physical or verbal. Digital technology has taken that consequence away, altered time and space so that a comeback or even initiating comment can be formulated and actual thought can be given to it, as opposed to the real world, where if you say something, the results are immediate and real. Use that time and space alteration for positivity.

Be good to one another, and if you have an issue with my creative team and I, our number is on the page. Call it and we will discuss. If speaking in person is too much effort, then it’s not worth us hearing and not worth your time being up in arms about it.

Sinecerely,
Bradley James Kroll & Crew

We’re Expecting…

We’re now doing pregnancy announcement Photography, and it is a huge hit!

Contact us to day for our other photography services, and don’t forget that it’s Wedding season!

Much, much love! Spring is in the air, people!