THE WORST THING YOU COULD DO
An investigation into the word "Entrepreneur." This short documentary highlights the harsh realities that plague the self-employed population of the western US.
-THE STORY SO FAR-
BY ty reifeis
It is Monday November 20, 2017. We are half way through our journey across the Western United States. The trip has been filled with incredible experiences, and continual learning. We started in Las Vegas, where we had less than 10 hours to find and meet entrepreneurs. After arrival, we hit the Vegas strip, letting the lights guide us in search for some filmable content. That’s when we came across Matt. Matt is a musician and an entrepreneur. He had a guitar, an amp, and his voice; he stood on the Vegas skybridge creating art and selling his sound to the bustling street surrounding him. We spoke with Matt about his art, and the hustle of playing on the Vegas streets. He had an inspirational story that showcased an artist who breaks from the typical nine to five job to take on the challenge of busking in Las Vegas. He described the fear when making that decision, and passion that drove him to do so. After listening to some of Matt’s original music, we thanked him for his time and headed back to the hotel to prepare for our next day in San Diego...
It is Tuesday November 28, 2017. The trip is officially over, and we are all just now acclimating to real life again. It was a journey packed with unimaginable connections and unforgettable memories. The morning after meeting Caro in Hollywood, we drove to Santa Monica and stopped in at Cross Campus Co-Working. Nate greeted us at the front desk, and graciously allowed us to use a conference room for interviews. He then asked some entrepreneurs in the space if they would meet with us to chat about their experiences. We met with Chad and Alexander, who are the owners of Leaseful, a company aimed towards helping college students sublease their apartments or rooms. They told us of how they discovered the problem when they were students, and felt they could offer a solution. They talked about the highs & lows, and what it would mean for them to fail. Chad was extremely honest about the occasional doubt, and the small victories that continue to push them forward.
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