Looking through some old posts and videos here on Gather I realized it's been nearly 10 years that I've been working in the publishing industry. I created my first book trailer in 2002 and even though I was laughed at when I took the idea to New York, I persisted.
I trademarked the term "book trailers" which was easy to do back then since no one knew what one was or even cared about it. I started my business and the first year we did less than ten videos. In other words I had to keep my day job.
In 2005 things changed. YouTube and MySpace got big and all of a sudden there were a lot of platforms for book video. And that year we did 60 videos.
Fast forward to 2010 when we did over 200 videos and no one is laughing at the idea of a book trailer any more. Nor is it a "trend" as predicted. We weathered the bad economy and grew to spite it.
It's so tempting to give up when you have no one around you who believes in your idea. It's easy to give up when you have to struggle and no one pats you on the back. But passion is an extraordinary thing. It drives you. It keeps you excited. It picks you up when you feel you can't go on.
I truly believe that with passion, persistence and hard work you can achieve most anything.
I love my job. I've been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and interviewed on television. I am living my dream. And though it's not always easy when times get tough, my passion still lights my way. I love books. I love reading. I love writing. I love filmmaking. I love finding people out there who are also following their dreams. I hope that someone is you.