Cameras and Commerce with Blaine Fuhs | Filmmaking, Business, and Crazy Stories | Ep #14
About Blaine Fuhs
Blaine Fuhs went from living in a small town in Indiana to becoming a successful and creative multi-business owner by the age of 24. At 14, Blaine started a drone video business called Fuhs Video, and later went on to start Fuhs Video Corporate, his second business. Blaine also studied graphic design at Franklin College from 2016-2020.
Blaine even launched a brand development agency at 22, Fuhs Creative, which helped brands cultivate their uniqueness and thrive, and started a non-profit at 21 years old entitled
“ONELIFE”. Today, Blaine has helped an abundance of companies reach their greatest potential. His extensive client list ranges from clothing companies to music artists, including Adidas, Spotify, Marshmello, Tyga, Chris Brown, The Chainsmokers, and Justin Bieber.
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Jack Fleming 3:42
Hello and welcome to the process of profit podcast we're streaming live to Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. And I'm welcoming Blaine Fuhs.
Blaine Fuhs 3:54
It's like you say yeah, yeah it's like moose but with an F.
Jack Fleming 4:00
Well yeah so Blaine is a serial entrepreneur filmmaker I want to say filmpreneur just making up terms now.
Small towns southern Indiana. Now big time living large and LA. Yeah. So we're excited to jump into just talking about video business ecommerce, you sort of do it all, man. So I'm excited to chat we we started on clubhouse we met through Dylan and now look at us here making content for the masses as as as we like to do and as we may.
Blaine Fuhs 4:37
We should tell them we should have told them that this is happening. But I know I came up so quickly. I should text him right. Yeah.
Jack Fleming 4:43
Yeah, I mean, he's been busy too. I've been trying to reach out to him about some green screen work cuz I'm trying to do more podcasting stuff in the back of our office. Yep. So I've been talking to him about either buying a cloth or paying the water and lighting into the room.
But the dude's been waiting like Arizona and then traveling and desert to the stuff like, Yeah, he he's he's been putting in the work, that's for sure.
Well, yeah, let's, let's do a little bit of background on you. I know you sent me a PR sheet. Just like this is just big time right here I read through it. I'm like, I just love a PRP about me, but he sent me a PRP little bit of background to him. But you have to tell us anyway, because our viewers that don't know you, I mean, so some might if they're if they're your friends tuning in, but uh, Who who are you? How did you get into filmmaking?
Blaine Fuhs 5:34
First of all, thanks for having me on, man. I, you know, I'm always so eager to like hop on and just share my story and share kind of like, what, what drives me. And so yeah, man, I guess introducing myself to everyone and then also introduce myself to you because we really have it other than clubhouse, you know, we haven't really, really chatted. So yeah, backstory on me sparknotes version, and then it'll end up becoming like a full length thing. We can kind of run with it. But I grew up in southern Indiana, right? Basically, like a farm community. And to be in the industry that I'm in is actually pretty, like, pretty, pretty insane. Because, you know, like I said, in the place that I grew up, it's very, like, Hey, you know, you work the job that your father had. And it's very generational Ray. So my grandpa, you know, very similar, like farm environment, farm background, my dad, police officer, mom worked for the city. And so anyway, about 14, is when I actually started doing drone video, right. And something that was like, super important for me was like, just like, honestly, always being different, right? I didn't want to ever be able to be categorized, right? I didn't want people to be able to be like, hey, like, you know, is Blaine an artist? Is he a skater? Is he an athlete, like what is, right? And so as a result of kind of like living in that manner, I saw a lot of friction, right? Like, and a lot of times, there was a lot of pushback, because naturally, when you're against the grain, you know, people aren't really going to draw on you that they're actually going to push away. And so at a very early age, I, you know, I kind of like found myself separating into like, the people I was with and the things that I were doing. And I was just really fortunate to kind of like hone in on what I thought my purpose was. And that came out of really failure. So I, again, backstory, a really early age, I was playing soccer, because at the school that I was growing up, and they were predominantly basketball oriented school. And so in my mind, right, I'm like, Okay, how do I be different? So everyone had short hair, I had long hair, everyone wore blue jeans, I wore black jeans, right? Everyone played basketball. So I'm like, Alright, what's the opposite of basketball, naturally soccer. And so I started getting really heavily involved into soccer. And because of that, I really didn't have any friends. And I remember, you know, playing recess one day, and I was getting picked on. And one point, you know, I was like, not to sound depressing. But I was like kicking the basketball against the sidewalk to myself, because no one wanted to play soccer. And, and I remember when these kids, they pushed me down, and it wasn't the conflict. They're really like, impacting me. But the thing that they said last is they were kind of walking away. One of them was like, hey, like, you're never going to be good enough to play on a team. And for me, in that moment, that was the first time in my life that I had been told that I wasn't good enough, right. And I think we can all relate growing up, you know, your parents, they instructing you this certain responsibility that you can do any, you want to be an astronaut, a firefighter, and, you know, whatever you can do it. And so around eight, nine, whenever that happened, I was the first time that someone's like, hey, you're not good enough. And you know that that echoed in me. And I remember going home after that, saying that, you know, what I'm going to, you know, I'm going to prove them wrong. And I'm going to prove them wrong out of anger. And, and so I started training to be the best soccer player that possibly can be and make a team. Right, and I, you know, made the travel team and I kept working, I mean, the other travel team, they kept working and working, working. And then I ended up you know, getting an opportunity to play on the on the Indiana Olympic team. And I remember getting there at that stage. And that was a point in my life, I was 1314, where I should have felt like really accomplished, right? Like, I should have felt like, man, like I did exact not only did I make a team, but I made like a substantial team. And I remember like 13 sitting there and filling a void, right? I was like, man, like, I don't feel complete. And and ultimately, I was like, I should this should be if any moment in my life should be the moment where I was like, hey, like, you did it. And I didn't feel that way. And I remember just taking a step back being like, why don't I feel fulfilled. And ultimately, what I realized is that I hadn't identified my purpose. I hadn't identified like, why I was here. And so I took a lot of self reflection during that coming time. And ultimately, after a couple months, what I was like praying about reflecting about was that, you know, my purpose is to be a light and and when I realized
Is that, you know, I didn't enjoy playing soccer, right? Soccer is a huge part of my life. Now, video is a huge part of my life. And we'll get into it later in the podcast, but the next 10 years of my life are going to look very different than video. And what shocks a lot of people is that I didn't enjoy soccer, right. But after realizing and getting to that moment, I was like, you know, my purpose is to be a light. And the question that I asked myself is, what platform allows me to reach the most people that I possibly can meet personally, really what allows me to be a light to people. And even though I didn't like playing soccer, soccer was taking me to places that I would have never been before meeting people I would have never met before, and allowing me to be polite to people that otherwise if I wasn't playing soccer, I would meet or reach. And so for me, I was like, You know what, I'm going to play soccer. And I'm going to be the best soccer player that I possibly can be in order to fulfill my purpose of being a light. And so at 1314 after realizing that, I was like, you know, I know that for this season of my life. Soccer is going to be the avenue, the platform that allows me to reach people, but I was like, you know, there's gonna be something down the road that's gonna allow me to reach more people. I just don't know what that is. Right? And, and very shortly after, GoPro came out, we've heard of GoPro, right? And I'm 14, just baffled by the idea of what go GoPro stood for, right? And GoPros philosophy was that, like, everyone deserves to be a hero, everyone deserves to go pro. And I was like, man, like, how beautiful is that in your own uniqueness? Like what you do as a value. Like, if you're a school teacher, if you're a mom, if you're a cop, whatever you do, like GoPros, like what you do matters. And you should showcase that right? Everyone deserves to go pro. And after like diving into GoPros You know what, I think a GoPro that is where in a couple years, I'm going to reach the most people. And so at 14, I looked up like a position at GoPro and like what that the requirements were. And yeah, anyway, the job that I was looking for was the head of content at GoPro. And it required seven years experience in filmmaking, and a bachelor degree in graphic design. And I was 14 in southern Indiana.
And I was like, you know, there's no way first of all, that a film company is going to hire a 14 year old kid. And second of all, I didn't want to finish middle school high school to then go to college and get a four year bachelor degree, to then, you know, seven years experience after that for a job that may not even be there. And so what I had decided to do is you know what, I'm going to, I'm going to do my own thing. So that way by time that I graduate, you know, I would have like if I started in video at that age, when I graduated college, I'd have seven years experience, no one would ever asked what that experience was from and I could go straight to GoPro, right, that was kind of the the the idea.
DJI at the time was really coming out to me was kind of like the same thing if you're in a DJI the drone.
Yeah. And so, you know, I think it's dodge ng as was pronounced and I had found them in China or Japan. And I was like, man, like, you know, I think this would be really huge. And so I asked my grandpa, if he could give me like a loan to be able to buy a drone by GoPro and start my big video business to eventually work at GoPro. And he gave me alone $2,000 to be able to do it. We went out and we're like, man, okay, well, you know, we bought the drone bought the GoPro, and also portable, what do we call this? And you know, our last names first, like, okay, we'll do that, like what do we make in videos all right, for this video, the creative geniuses we were we combined it. And that was a start, right? And, and to be honest with you, I had never had the intention of making it. Like a career. It was more so an avenue a vehicle to get me a GoPro, which is where I thought the platform for me to reach the most people would be at
that year, we did real estate drone video in southern Indiana. So we would fly over a foreign property. At that time, it was really popular for like an airplane pilot to like fly over take one photo of a real estate because Google Maps wasn't a thing. And be like, Hey, here's your farm, people print it out, put it on, you know, $300 and so I was like, you know, how can we like, why don't we fly over with the drone? Take 10 photos, do a video and charge 200 better, more stuff, better quality, lower prices, like it's a game changer. That year. That year, we did $4,000 and so 14 we did 4k or I did 4k. And I was like, You know what? Like, like, this could be something, something that's
100% and, and so for me though, I always asked myself, like, you know, how can I be the best version of myself? Right? Like, how can I be more of a man that I was yesterday? And And so after doing that, I was like, you know, I think really what I need is the availability to do this.
By myself, my grandpa was involved, but he had the drone, he kept it at his house about to ask him I was, you know, cautious. I wouldn't be that I wasn't training and getting the best shots because I was, you know, fearful of wrecking the drone. So at 15 I decided, you know, I'm gonna start out and do this by myself. And so with the 4k that I got that first year, I need to cater my grandpa paid off the loan. And with the other two kid, I went out and bought a new drone and started by myself started like started fresh. And a 15 was really the year I started fuse video. That year, I did not as well, I did 2k in sales, and from my perspective, I was like, dang, when I didn't realize that my grandpa had provided all the clientele obviously, no idea what that meant. He took all the clients with them. And and I was like, dang, like, this is going downhill. Right? You go from 4k to K next zero. It could also be like thinking of age, it could be the only be the economy though to like, was that around the crash? It honestly was. Yeah, it wasn't, um, it any think that? Honestly, it seems we say but the Midwest is typically pretty
standard, like even when like they're like even like during COVID. like they've been pretty, like not much changes, even if there is like a big crash. But yeah, I don't think economics wasn't it was basically like, I was a 15 year old kid trying to make a business. And that's really hard to do.
But anyway, that next year when I was 16, honestly, that was the year really everything changed. I was in my garage working on my car at the time, and I got a phone call. And at that point Foose videos just on Facebook, right, just how to Facebook page, and I got a call from a construction company. And they were like, hey, like, is playing with video? And, and I was like, Whoa, like, so good. Oh, it is like how can we help you? Right? Trying to be more people that possibly could? And, and they're like, hey, like, how much would you charge if we I think if we like sent you to, like Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee to do a drone video of our construction site. And at that time, I never had a video last more than a day. Right? Real Estate video was a day started to do wedding videos. I lasted a day, you know, organizations a day. So for me, I was like, you know, I guess I charge $200 a day. But I was like you guys paying for like travel? And they're like, yeah, of course, of course. And I was like is paying for the stay like the hotel? And they're like, yeah, obviously, I'm like, okay, obviously, yeah. And
until in my head, I'm like, you know, I guess I would charge $200 for the three days. So 600 total. But I was like, you know, since you guys are paying for everything.
You know, like I I would do it for 200. And they were quiet. And I remember they stepped away from the phone for a bit and they came back. And they're like, hey, Blaine,
we were wondering if you would be able to do it for 2000. And I was like, wow, and I get goosebumps every time. Because, you know, that was a big moment for me. Because that was the first moment in contrast to when I was eight. And you know, my classmates told me I wasn't good enough. This moment, eight years later, when I was 16 was the first time that someone outside of my family had said, Hey, you know, you may think your value is this, but you actually were so much more. Right? And they're like, Hey, you know, you think what you do holds a $200 worth. But like, actually, you're worth way more. Right? And for me, that was an eye opener where I was like, you know, I think a really if I'm being honest with you, that was a benchmark marker in my life. That really was what I felt God's saying like, hey, like you need to devote all of your time into video, then that was just like affirmation to be like, Hey, this is worth something. And this is something that you need to pursue. And so for me, I was like, You know what, I'm going to shift my focus that was soccer at the time into video right? And and that year, you know, we went out we did that video. And you know, we did it posted on Facebook, someone in Arizona solid flew to Arizona the week after did a video for 2000 now and so now 2000 became my 200 right. So when we look for is 200 for every project now it was 2000 for every project because I now I know that that's you know what, what I'm worth and and so I did a video, then someone in Vegas saw it flew to Vegas, then posted out on Facebook, someone in California saw it flew to California. Only k per day quickly, bro. Yeah, exactly. Right. Yeah. And, and to be honest with you at the end of that year, I'm all I always try to be like as open book as possible at the end of that year. I did around 39k at 16. And I was like, wow, like, you know, this is, you know, this is this is a life. This is like a living like I can make a living doing this. But more importantly, you know, it was possible. And I think you know, someone growing up from Southern Indiana. It was very, very foreign for anyone to say hey, you can do something creative. I don't know if it's painting, graphic design, you know, whatever. You can do that.
And make a living that was an that was an idea and a concept that just did not exist. Like that was not a feasible reality, he could not do that. And, and so a 16 to make a full time living doing video, I was like, wow, like, okay, like I like this can be done. And so skipping a couple couple years, we just started to grow and develop and I took that money and I hired on a couple of my buddies and the team began to grow and grow and grow. And the by time that I was a freshman in college, you know, we had about, about, like, 1520 people on and off that, you know, we were like using on a day to day basis. And we were doing a lot of wedding videos where you're doing a lot of commercial videos. And at that time, I had decided that I should split the company into two entities. So first video weddings, which would be solely focused on wedding videos, and then first video corporate, which be solely focused on you know, productions commercials and things like that. And we started to grow and develop and, and I kinda like bridged the gap into Now, going into my, I think it was my junior year of college, I always try to practice and say that, like, my life is perfect, right. And I was had a girlfriend at the time my family's in Indiana, the business where businesses were as successful as they've ever been. And, you know, for me, like, I just felt like, it was it was just peace, I was at peace. And the reason that I want to, like bring that to light is because one day, it was October 16 to be exact. I came back from soccer practice, and I had no reason to feel like anything other than joy. Right? And on October 16, I remember coming back to my apartment, and for whatever reason, I just started crying. And I felt in my heart so clearly that like I was supposed to leave everything and move to Los Angeles. And like, I'm gonna be honest with you, like, I hate Los Angeles, like Indiana Midwest, like, that's my home, right? Like, like that is that's where I always want to be. And, and so on October 16. I remember coming back into my my dorm room or apartment, and just feeling so clearly that I was supposed to leave everything and move. And I'm supposed to leave my businesses I was supposed to leave, you know, my college, I'm supposed to leave everything and take on my life and go to LA, which I didn't want to do. And so I opened up my journal and I wrote October 16 like move to LA and I like close it up. And I was I'm gonna try to forget about this. Right. Fast forward. A couple months.
I was down at my birthday party. My birthday is the day before New Year's, and I have to wait, what's your birthday? 31st. Okay, okay, sorry, my mind's like, the day before, but like we said, well, I like the day. It's not the day, but
and and so anyways, that's so cool. Yeah. Um, but anyway, so we were down on my birthday party. And I have you heard of movement? This watch company? Huh? Yeah. They were big when I was like in college, trying to think of like e commerce and all the big player in that corner. Maybe like shows and maybe like CNBC business and maybe Shark Tank? I don't? Yeah, maybe? Yeah, I think they did a GoFundMe. But obviously those guys are amazing. But anyway, to connect it to my story, that's when I'm on my birthday. They had posted on Instagram that they needed a filmmaker for their news, you party. And I had reached out idea in the back. And again, they had, you know, several hundreds of 1000s of followers if not millions at that time. And I had about 500 600 on Instagram, and I dm them and I was like, hey, if I was in LA would totally love to like, come out there and shoot for you guys. And they responded immediately. And they're like, hey, like, That's too bad. Like, we'd love your work. And I'm like, I was like, What do you mean, you love my work? Like I do wedding and construction videos, right? I'm like, I like that. No, you're right. And, and so I was like, all right, well, and I remember I was sitting on my birthday party. And you know, for me, going on, like the idea of being a light, you know, super huge to to wait, that's how I weigh every decision. Every decision that I make, it's based around the idea of like, Can I be a light more here or there? Right?
It's like an even into like, like the smallest of decisions, right? Like when it comes to like, even in college. Like I never went out, never drank alcohol until I was like 21. And even at my birthday party, like and it's like for me, it's not that I disagree with anything. But it's like the question I ask is like, are these things that you're acting on and deciding to move forward with helping you to reach the person that you were created to reach? Right? And so for me, I'm like man is going out and drinking making me the best version to prepare myself for the opportunity that's going to be three years down the road, right or should I be
Trying to learn a new technique and editing that I'm going to need. And like, because I know that that's going to allow me to reach that person, because it's going to give me that job and lead me to that opportunity. And so that's how I always, you know, make decisions. And so there wasn't my birthday party with that decision to make, right. And I was sitting upstairs and all my friends, my high school classmates are in the basement. And I remember sitting out there in my buddy's mom, and I was like, man, like, I don't know what I should do. And she's like, What are you thinking? And I'm like, Well, you know, for me, I, I'm like, do I think I could do I think I'm being called to, like, reach someone out in Los Angeles? Or do I think I can like impact. Some of my old high school classmates like to see me on my birthday party in the basement? Like, where do I think I'm going to make the biggest impact? And for me, I was, you know, I think, I think I'm supposed to go to LA. And so I dm them back and I said, Hey, guys, I totally forgot, I'll be in Los Angeles tomorrow. And they're like, hey, that's amazing. We'll see in Venice at this point. At this point, it was 11 o'clock at night in Indiana. Right? And, and I'm like, shoot, and I opened up my laptop, and I searched like flights to LA, it was a $2,000 round trip flight. And I was about three hours away from that airport. And, and so I was like, dang, like, Alright, you know, I have to do this. And so I book it, and I leave my birthday party didn't even celebrate and drive straight to the airport, get to the airport, with the clothes that I had on, luckily, have my camera in my backpack fly to LA. And, you know, it's important to note, and I think this is, this would be something that I would, you know, just like I would speak really heavily on
EDIUS. And humility played a huge role in that. Right? Because there I was with the company and I had been doing, you know, video full time for about five years at that point, with the, with the team underneath me. And it was it's very easy in any industry, but especially in filmmaking, to have this egotistical mindset that you're too good for something, right that it's like, man, once I get to this level, I will never do anything below that. And, and so something that's really important for me, is to just be like, hey, like, how I define success is the idea of like, how many people that I was created to reach that I reach them, right. And where I say, like humility, and obedience plays a big role. I paid $2,000, to do a free party recap video. I'm the CEO of two companies. And I'm doing a free party recap video for a watch company, because I felt like that's where I was supposed to be. Right. And you don't see that in a lot of industries specific, specifically, you know, my industry within within the film world. Because a lot of times, it's it's almost like, there's levels to it. And it's like, hey, once I start, you know, I'm gonna start doing wedding videos. And then once I start down and do local music, videos, and then commercials, and then big commercials, and whatever. And something for me is like, you know, I want to be the guy that will, you know, be the creative direction behind an Adidas launch. But who also, you know, fly to Indiana and shoot your wedding. Right? Because for me the value and the importance is on reaching you, right. And if I feel like I can be a light to you at a wedding, or if I feel like I can be a light to the crew on set of this commercial, you know, that's where I'm going to be. And so anyway, to sparknotes it, and then, you know, kind of wrap up because I've been spilling on the whole story. But I, I did the video. And I remember coming back, you know, I filmed it from 4pm until 4am at 4am I flew back, I'm sorry, from 4am until 8am that night, I had edited the video, and then Am I so I shot it, read it for a couple hours. And then after finish. I was hopping on my flight because I had a class Monday morning. And I was flying back to school for class and I sent an email you guys, here's the video, you know, thanks so much. Like I hope you know, maybe I'll see you guys again blame.
Afterwards, you know, they they posted the video. And I remember, you know, sitting in college and around that time, that's when I I got several opportunities that came out of that video to work with a lot of you know, substantial people.
And so basically, you know, that moment is was sparknotes a lot of my work and relationships, you know, from with marshmallow and Fujifilm and Adidas and all of these big clients had came out of seeing that video or currently hearing that story that I would like leave everything to like chase where it felt like I was supposed to be. And so that really was what separated and started to introduce us into this higher clientele that moment. And so anyway, I got a text from one of my men now one of my buddies, he's like, Hey, you know, my name is Matt como. I'm the head of content with GoPro and he's like, you know, what do you do in the next couple months? And he's, you know, DM me after that video and I said, you know, I'm in school, but I said I have no plan and he's like, Hey, is there any way you'd be?
available, so like travel the world with us and do a campaign. And and it was, it was like camera with the campaign was four but I did it. And we went around the world. And after we got back in West Hollywood, he's like, you know, what are your plans? I really don't have any. And he's like, why don't you like move in here? Why don't you like live with me and like helped me out videos. And I was like, Okay. And so what's important to note is that everything had to happen for what I'm about to say, which will basically give you the reason as to why I do what I do. You know, going on that being a light and like reaching people, I had moved to LA. But it was never a decision that I've made. Right. And remember on like our show on October 16, I had felt like I was supposed to leave everything and go there. And I didn't want to believe it. But I kept making decisions that aligned with what I felt like I was supposed to do. And and doors opened up that I could have never opened up. Right. And and that's where I always say like, be super aware that like you may not have a clear understanding of where you're supposed to go, but have a clear understanding of where you're at right now. Right. And it's like, I felt like it's not always going to be that clear that you're supposed to do something. But it does, it is actually really clear if you know, something feels right, it doesn't. And so it's for me, you know, going to movement felt right, doing that thing, right. And because I made decisions that live where I felt like purpose was was where it was, it was being fulfilled, things happen that I could have never planned for. Right. I'm gonna that that week. I got an I got a message from this girl. And she asked when she wanted to do a photo shoot. I don't typically like doing that, to be honest with you. Because it's like, hey, like, let's just do a free photo shoot. But for whatever reason, I was like, hey, like, Yeah, let's do it. And my first reason Well, at the time, I was I
it was it wasn't I wish I wish I could say it was it wasn't.
But yeah, I ended up doing the photo shoot. And anyway, I
honestly, man, like I couldn't have anticipated for what would happen following. We did the photoshoot It was super normal, and we get done. And this was my first week in Los Angeles, right? I hadn't, I never spent more than 24 hours there. And this is my first week there. As I was living on the couch at Matt's house, and this girl, you know, she picked me up because I didn't have a car four years later, still don't have a car in LA. And we could do a photo shoot and everything was completely normal. We get done with the photo shoot, we come back to the apartment, and I'm getting out of the car. And as I'm getting out of the car, she she just starts to cry. And I was the first time I had met this girl, right? And I'm just like, dang, like, you know what, what is going on? And I'm sitting there and I'm just, you know, letting, letting her kind of Cry, cry it out. And she began to explain how, like her mom recently passed away from like brain cancer. And like her dad left at an early age and like the girls at rock bottom right? can't pay rent anymore is about evicted and she's crying and telling you everything. And I'm just like, holy cow. And after she goes on telling me everything she's going through, she LED turns and looks at me and she's like, you know, do you do you believe in God? And, and I was just like, what a heavy question, right? This time I met this girl. And, and I was like, Wow.
Well, you know, like, for me, you know, like I like I do. And I began to explain, like, scientifically, like, why I think there's things that correlate with the existence of a god. And then I began to explain spiritually, like, why there's things that have happened in my life that are just like undeniable, right? And anyway, midnight turns into 1am and then 2am, and then 3am. And then before you know it, like the sun's rising, and at that point, like we're sitting there and she's crying, I'm crying. And, and I was like, hey, like, you know, do you care if I just like you? And she's like, love, and you know, we made together just a quick time, right, like a minutes. And after we get done, I you know, I told her I was like, you know, as dark as this season like appears to be in your life. Like I want you to know, like, there's going to be a light you just have to stay with it. And I give her a hug and that was it. Right? I get out of the car. And as she's driving off I
I just felt like I couldn't let her go without asking her this question. And and so as dramatic as you can possibly imagine she's at line run after carreno run up and like knock on her window. And I'm like, hey, like I hate to like run after you. But I just like don't think I can let you go without asking you this question. And she's like, yeah, like of course like what what is it and? And I'm like out of out of curiosity.
When did your mom passed away from brain cancer and
I know and I was like, I know this is personal. So if you don't want to answer don't feel like you have to. And she's like, you know, no, it's okay. And she, she passed away on October 16. And I said, wow. And I always get emotional saying that,
I started to cry. And, and I and, and I was like, you know, what I want you to know, is that on October 16, when your mom passed away, like, my life was perfect, right? And I woke up. And for no reason other than I felt so clearly that I was supposed to leave my family, leave my business, leave everything that I've ever known to go somewhere that I've never been for someone that I had never met. And I was like, and I didn't realize that until just now. And and I was like, you may not think that like God's real. But like he, for the last six months, has been sending me an opening doors in my life on a rescue mission to find you. And what she told me, which baffles me, bro, she was like, she starts crying. And she's like, what I want you to know is that if we didn't have this conversation, like I had planned to take my life to that. And that moment,
was confirmation that what I'm doing
is being a light is reaching people, right? And, and I'll be honest with you, it has been four or five instances like that, that I have experienced that have been like direct,
you know, confirmation that like, hey, like you what you're doing is making a difference. And I'll be honest, like it motivated and engaged.
But what really gets me excited, is the people that I'll ever meet, right? Like the names, I'll never know, the hands will never shake. Like, that's what gets me excited. And what I live for, right, like what the day that I like personally live for. And obviously this is, you know, like a preference for my beliefs. But the day I live for the day, they're like, I hope that I die. And like I'm sitting in, you know, having like, a conversation like similar to how you and I are chatting, liquid Jesus and the guy just want to hear him be like, hey, like playing like, turn around. Right? And, and I hope that like I turn around. And like, for Christians or any faith, we have this idea of bare minimum, right? We have this idea of like, man, if I do just enough to get to whatever it is having afterlife whenever then like I've made it, right. Like if I if I live a life, that's 51% good and 49%. Like, it's fine, right? It's good enough. And, and for me like that, that is not enough. And it's like what I live for, and like what I like every day I pursue is the day that I die. And then I'm in heaven. Like I said, we're having a conversation with Jesus like I like I'm having with you. And for him to be like, hey, Billy, and like, turn around. And you know, I pray that like I turn around, and that I just see an ocean of people. Like I see people as far as the eye could see. And what I yearn for is to hear Jesus be like, do you see like everyone out in the crowd, like everyone that you're looking at? They know me a little bit more, because of the life that you live. Right? That's it. And, and so it's like, for me, everything that I do is in hopes of reaching out one person, something that that fears me, and then I'll and then I'll stop talking and we can kind of dive into that. But something that really is like a fear for me that motivates me, is the idea of of disqualifying myself from reaching the person that I was supposed to reach. Right? I look at that girl. And I think in a worldly perspective, most people would celebrate their birthday instead of pay two grand to do a free video.
If I were to have done that, she wouldn't be here.
I don't want anything that I do to disqualify for the person I'm supposed to reach. And so every decision that I make is revolving around that idea of is this preparing me to reach the person that I'm supposed to reach? And if it's not, I don't do it? Right. And that can be and this sounds crazy, and a lot of my people and even Dylan, you know, I love after this call, you can chat with Dell and his perspective on me. But a lot of people you know, they think I'm I live that So, so vigorously, right. Like if it's go to play Spikeball at the beach, or Stan and up on this podcast, I will literally be like, do I think I can reach someone at Spikeball? Or do I think I can reach someone you know chatting with you. And so that that's kind of you know, my own thing and do explore in the next 10 years for me for 10 years, you know, or for a good time soccer was my life. I hated it. Right But I did it because that's where I reach people. For you know, a big part of my life now video for last 10 years. I turned 24 this year.
For last 10 years video has been the platform that has allowed me to reach people. Last year in January. Fun fact, I hate video, never enjoyed video, I've read companies
don't enjoy video. But video is the avenue that's allowing me to reach the people that I was created to reach. And so for me, I, you know, I was praying, you know, last year I'm like, man, like, I hate video, I'd love to get out of it is there it was, it was what is there some is there's another platform that I can we can if there's like, you know, reveal that, um, and I remember, you know, a week later, I got an opportunity to be an investor in this app company. And I hopped in and I sparknotes, I ended up buying 20%. So I own 20% of this company. And I remember hopping on the team call. And within the team call, you know, mute stepping in now is kind of like a vital role of their company. What I was very clear on them all clear to them on was why I became a part of it. And I said, Look, guys, I didn't buy this company, because I think it's going to make me money. I didn't think that this is you know, going to be you know, like a reason as to why I would be involved. But the reason why I started this or I want to be part of it, is because you know how I define success. And how I define success is is if this company, like I don't know if it's tomorrow or a week from now, but if this company leads us to just one meeting, and in that one meeting it I don't know if it's the person we hold the door open for or the barista that we ordered coffee for the person that the client were meeting with. But if somewhere along the lines, this company allows us to impact one person and be a life a light and their life, then this was all worth it. And I was looking on the outside, we can make no money, which never hit the App Store. And it can be a complete failure. But if we can reach one person, then this is successful. And I remember telling them that and seeing them light up. And in that moment, that was like confirmation to what I think was a glimpse of what the next 10 years are for me. And what I think the next 10 years are for me is, is I think I'm going to be stepping into companies that I hadn't created, and redefining why they operate, like changing the idea. And that's why you know, your, your idea of this, like the theme of this podcast process over profit where it's like, that's where I honestly, honestly think the next decade for me is going to be redefining how businesses operate. And more so not how they operate.
Right and very clear that we're trying to impact people, we're going to be a light. And that's the, that's the focus, and things are going to come along as a byproduct, right? Something I always say is that money is never the objective. It just simply is the outcome. Right? And it's like, what I mean by that is like I had never created any of these businesses with a set number in mind to make, right and it's amazing, whenever you're whenever you're seed that you plant is, is grounded on the idea of like, I'm going to reach the most not make the most. Right, and and when when you plant the seed in a firm foundation to like I'm going to, I'm going to reach the most people that I possibly can because I care about them. And I want to be a light in their life. The fruit that that tree will produce is fruit that you can never imagine. And so that no long way. I know that was only one question. But you know that that is my story. And so buckle
up or our podcast? Yeah, but yeah, man. So that kind of my back my background and why I do what I do. And now kind of bringing you like up to speed. I am like one life right? You know, we chatted about the jewelry company. So right now I have fuse video, weddings, fuse, video, corporate cruise creative, which is our brand development agency that we launched about a year ago, when life rings, which is our nonprofit, these are all the rings, right? And we're just going to start watching a hoodie and a hat. But the idea behind one life is I want to I wanted to create a company that we could set funds aside to actually change someone's life. And so what we do with one life is every range sold every shirt sold, we have a bank account, we just put all that money in that bank account. And after we break even we just keep that money in there. And whenever we find someone that we think we can impact, we take that money and we sew into their life. And I don't know that sometimes like we bought a kit a camera once we gave $1,000 to this random waiter once we paid someone's rent once. That's the idea of one life.
And then on top of that recently, I had also you know, obviously became a part of solo, which is the new out company that we're involved with in April, which is what that press releases for. I just recently became co CEO of a new company, a marketing agency based in New York. Similar outlook. We're really excited to you know, take what we've been building there.
go public with that. And then there's some other things, businesses that are on the table that I'm probably going to be involved with. So right now, I think my, my, my company count is at seven. And you know, by the end of the month, it could be eight. And so yeah, I mean, that's kind of like a very, you know, detailed overview of how I started and where I'm at now, but I'd love to kind of break into any any facet of that, that you kind of want to talk about, or, or anything you want to, like, reflect on. Yeah, I mean, I've had this question since
probably a 10 minute market.
Jack Fleming 45:33
I'm sorry. I think I think I could probably ask like 20 different questions. Yeah. Just because there's so much, great.
Your story is so great. And there's so much passion behind it, or so much, obviously, work and motivation behind it, too. But really, what I was thinking of asking was, the know you got originally from when you were playing soccer, like, No, you aren't gonna be good. How did that? And maybe the mindset of people when they hear no, they're like, okay, I can prove you wrong. How, instead of having that mindset, you said, Okay, I'm just gonna be a light to others. How did you jump that gap?
Blaine Fuhs 46:15
Yeah. So, um, if I'm being honest, initially, it was not that, right. I typically whenever I tell my story, I do try to like, say, I skipped over here. What's really important to know, and I'm glad you like, made that specification. I ate after getting no had decided out of anger that I was going to be I was going to prove them wrong. Right. And nothing else. I wasn't at eight, it was not to be a light, it was more so to be like, hey, like, I'm, I'm going to prove you wrong and out of anger. Anger is what was the driving force to, to prove them and make a make that known. And so you know, I did that. And I think that realization is super important. Because like I said, you know, from eight until 13, when I got you know, I actually made a procedures team, I had realized that out of anger, there was a void. And I hadn't been doing it to be a light. And so that's where I had to take a step back and be like, hey, like, You work so hard, out of anger to prove someone wrong. And you did it.
You now what? Right? Like you like you did it, but you feel hollow? And and that. And when I felt that, and that's where I've kind of people are always like, amazed to where it's like you like why did you like no one from be honest, like how many people have identified their purpose? Very few people, right? It's very hard to admit, we have a purpose probably, like there's an identity crisis in our generation, several generations with like, I don't know what I want to do, right. And what I always say is that, like, I had thought I had discovered failure at 13. And that failure was emptiness, after getting to a place that I had wanted to get to, but out of anger, that caused me to reflect and be like, hey, like, you did this out of anger, and you're not happy. So obviously, that's not the key to success. That's not the key to fulfillment. And so like, what is and that's when I realized, like, you know, I was created to be a light, like my life, the reason why I was created and why you were created and why everyone was created, from be honest, everyone's purpose is to be like, that is without question. What the question is, is what platform allows you to fulfill your purpose, right? And the cool thing is, and the motivating thing that I always tell people is that you can be created and you make in your life, like the purpose in your life may be to be a light to only three people. That's it. You know, some people can be a million, some people can be 1000, some people can just be three people. That's it. The question that I always try to ask people is that do you think that the way that you are living your life is allowing you to be prepared for when those three people cross your path? Right? Yeah, and I don't know. And that's where I say even like two career choices like that can be a cash, you can be a cash register, you can be a barista, you can be a teacher, you could be a filmmaker, right? What are you doing to prepare yourself for that moment? And so yeah, to answer your question, how do I bridge that gap? I bridged that gap after realizing that I had done it out of anger, and there was a void. And that wasn't there. I didn't feel fulfillment. And so I had to search like what is going to cause it and After identifying my purpose, you know, everyday moving forward has been tried with that passion, that fire to reach the people I was created to reach. I think the bigger part of that is, if people do to believe that they can be a light, they got to be prepared. If it's just gonna be one person or hundreds of young people in a free want to be alive. I feel like we want to then focus on the numbers and be like, okay, I truly want to affect the most people possible. When like, for you just
was one like, well, look what you did with a one and a ones alive right now? Yeah. Like, that's crazy. But people then gonna be like, Oh, you know, I want to do the same thing for 1000s. Yes, that's great. But how do we stay high? Like, have that as a good goal? But stay humble and still focus on the one? Yep. Yeah. And and it's like, in even going on that, right, that idea of like, are you called to reach one person or 10,000? Right? Obviously, it's like, the one person is the most important, right? And, and it's like, that's where I say like, it's really weird. It's not weird, but it's a really interesting way to look at your life. But to be like, man, think about it, just like you were born. And there was a number over your head. Whereas like jack was created to reach 100 people, that is you, like, I created you to reach maybe more, maybe less, but like, what you were created to reach was 100 people?
What are you doing to reach those 100? People? Because if you reach 75, out of 100, that you were supposed to reach? Right? Did you fail it? Right? It's like that weird thing. And that's the idea of like, I don't want that I like if I was only created to reach her that one person, that one girl, my life would be fulfilled, right? I just like, I feel like that idea of like, man, like I'm trying to do you know the most because I just want to be prepared. Right? Like, whatever it is, like, if it's, you know, 20 people I was created reach or 1000. What would be really disappointing is like to die. And let's say go to heaven. Right? Whatever you believe that's for me,
go to heaven. And to be like, hey, like, here's the people you reached, and it was four people. And then I turned, it's like, Hey, here's who you were supposed to reach. And it was 1000. And it's like, that would be crushing, right? People that you've reached, who have been reach others, like it just multiplies. Oh, 100% man, yeah, we we have, we really don't take that into consideration. where it's like, man, like the life. I don't know what that word is. But there's a one word was like the idea that someone else has a life as complex as my own. And it's like that idea. Like, hey, like, you know, like jack is he has life, he has friends, he has family, he has things he likes to do. And it's like you are going and this is something I said, you were created to reach someone that I would never reach. Right? where you grew up the things you like, the friends you have the job you work, like, you were created to reach a different group of people. Right? And, and it's like that idea of like, man, like that one person, because of your you're impacting of them. What who could they go on and reach and be like, you're exactly right. It's like, that one can be such a ripple effect. And that's why I get excited because I'm like, man, like, I've seen five people that I've directly impacted. indirectly, right, like, how many people are listening to this podcast? Maybe it's one person. But could that one person, you know, be so moved by what we've chatted about today that they go on and reach 10? And that those 10 they reach 1000? It's like, man, like, Dude, that gets me excited. Right? And so that's why I love what you're doing here because it's planting seeds. Right? Yeah. You offer it honestly drives up to like, it's almost it's as Christians is seeing the fruit
is what makes us want to keep talking when people keep making content keep doing what we're doing is because what we see which is not even us impacting people, it's it's God doing or through us. His work through people. That's what's truly driving us. Yeah, yeah. And if I can, if I'm gonna die, like, if I'm just be very clear, like, when I say be a light, like, you're exactly right, what I really mean is like, when people like, look at me, can I be a reflection of Jesus? That's it. Like I say, I say be a light. Because like, I want people who don't believe or believe different things to still understand the goal. And but yeah, like from like, you know, like, just being like, open like, I that's Yeah, super huge. For me, you're like, man, like, and this is something I asked my gods, where it's like, you know, I say be a light. But you know, what I really mean, from a faith standpoint is like, when people look at you can they see him? Right? when they when they hear you speak, can they hear him? And something that is always like a cool reflection thing that I had started doing to myself is like, as I had stepped onto sets as a director, right, I asked myself, like, if Jesus was the director of this commercial, right? How would he talk to the clients? How would he send an email? How would he respond to the person taking out the trash, right?
And that can be anything like Jesus will teach you if he was a chef, if he was a cop, how he played that role. And I think when you break that down, like you, it really makes you like, second take maybe some some things that you're doing right, I know definitely. Seeing how he's interacted with multiple different people. It's so there's so much
thought behind it. And like that look really cool about seeing, seeing how it reacts like sometimes it's really funny, because hilarious sometimes. But like he truly
thinks before he says and what the actions even that go with the speaking is he's it's much thought of the what how can affect the people he's talking to or the people around him? Yeah, like
Jack Fleming 55:28
when he was talking with the the one of the
ones he the woman in adultery that she was brought out by by a group of guys
was talking to them and then he wrote in the sand to distract attention away from her. Yeah, and then they ended up leaving and the whole situation was resolved. Yeah, that's just crazy. What, what, how he was being sort of like, not rude to the guys but us who's taking away attention from her and lifting her up as well. It's like intention, right?
Blaine Fuhs 56:05
Like, what like, what it what is the, the overarching direction and that and that really comes from like, I always say like obedience, right? There's so many things in my life that I want to do. You know what I mean? And it's like, even in that, like, I'm sure, like, if not a story or any story like it like biblically, like I'm sure like Jesus want to be like, Hey guys, like are you serious, right, XYZ. But instead, he's like, you know what I'm gonna, like, do it, I'm gonna communicate it through a different method. Right? And, and it's like to translate that into like, a personal reflection. It's like, there's so many times like, I want to do something, or say something, right? Maybe I want to go snowboarding this weekend. But I'm like, is that really like, and that's where I sometimes go overboard? I'm like, man, is that preparing me to do what I'm supposed to do? Probably not. Right. And it's like, I always say, like, what I want for the moment is at war, what I want for a lifetime. And I think that's such a, it's like, you know, Sunday I like picked up on from Mosaic, the church I go to, but you know, like, going on, on that kind of idea. You know, I love you know, like the story of Peter and the boat, right? And some and something that I always try to like, just kind of like reflect on the my life that I think is such a good story. Like, regardless if you're Christian or not, is like such powerful story to where it's like, you know, like when he's on the boat, right? And like Jesus and the disciples, and this is like, after I believe that Jesus passed away. Maybe it wasn't, but he was walking on the water, right? And they look out in disbelief, right? And they like, you know, Peter, like, steps up, and he sees what he thinks is Jesus, but it really it's like, it's an impossible thing. what's occurring is like, What is going on? Right? And you know, I love I love that that passage and that story, if you like, explain it in detail, because when you break it down, there's such a beautiful message that we all can relate to. And so basically, you know, what happens and like if I if I could imagine that taking place today, what I would imagine how the conversation would be is something like you're like, Oh, yeah, I'm Barstow.
Yeah, it'd be like, Whoa, what's going on here? Like, oh, it's magic, or change or something like that? Yeah, totally. But like, the conversation that takes place and the action that follows It's so beautiful, right? Because, like, what happens and I'll wear it in 21st century, basically, you know, Peters, like, yo, like Jesus, like his art is that you
know, right, then, you know, I love because Jesus is like, you know, he's like, hey, like, if you know, if you don't think this if you if you don't think I'm, this is me, if this is happening, it's like step out of the boat theater. Right? And if I had to give an analogy, or a metaphor to what the boat is, right, the boat is our life. Right? Like imagine your boat and in that boat, like there's Peter and Peter is you? Right? And in that? Yeah, yeah. And that's exactly right. Like that boat is comfortability, its comfort. And it's like, in that boat was his friends was his life was everything that he'd ever known. Right? And, and I love what happens because Jesus like, hey, like, if you don't think this is possible, like, come out here. Right? And you know, Peter, in that moment is like, he'd be like, yo, are you crazy? Like, do you understand what you're asking me to do? Like, I know that you're God. And like, you know, you, you know, you make the mountains move, and you created everything. But it's like, you know, that's water. And like, Jesus, I don't know if you know anything about science, but water is liquid. And last time I checked, like, we can't walk on liquid, right? What I imagine Jesus saying is like, Look, Peter, like, I know that water is liquid. But like, I want you to trust that like, my word is solid. And like when I asked you to step out, like step out, when I asked you to move, move, when I asked you to do something that may seem crazy, like do it. And you know what I think is so beautiful in his story is that it isn't the if you if you read back on his story of that it wasn't the second step. Right. I think we talked about this in on the call.
So it wasn't the second step. Or the third step. That was the scariest for Peter in that moment, it was the first step, right? Because when Peter stepped out of the boat, in that first step, he had no idea what was to come. He didn't know if he was going to sink, or if he was going to do something that was not possible. And I think it's so beautiful, because you know, Peter steps out in that first step for anyone listening is the most difficult, right? And it's like that first step is what affirms that, hey, what you're doing actually isn't impossible. And so I love that story, because Peter steps out, and he first stood up, and then the second step, and he starts walking on water. Right? And, you know, as the story continues, Peter is doing it right. And, and then as the story goes on, then Peter starts to look down, right? And he looks around and sees what he's doing is crazy, right? And in that moment, right, he sinks. The message behind that is the moment that you step out of your comfort zone, you step out of your boat, step into a world that you have never experienced before. It isn't crazy, until you look around and hear the voices around you saying what you're doing is not possible. Right? Because when he was focused on the goal, when he was focused on like, Jesus, he was doing what he had set up to do. But the moment he looked down, was the moment he sunk, right? And I always like to turn that on to people's like, what is God or more so like, if you don't believe in God? Like, what do you feel like? You're what both are you feel like you are being called to leave? Right? Like, where are you being called to go? That you are too concerned with being comfortable that you never step out of the place that you've been to go somewhere that you've never never gone before? And more importantly, what awaits? Right? Like, what, like, and I always like, if you think of like the ocean as as where your life could go, and your world is that boat? It's like, man, like, Where is God calling you that? Because you're too comfortable with where you're at, that you don't fulfill what he had hoped for you to fulfill. And so that's always like a, you know, a motivating thing that I kind of like reflect on like, man, like, could I even if something's crazy, like even if something seems like it wouldn't work, would I be willing to leave my businesses leave my family step out of my boat, my comfort zone, and go to a place that I've never been? Right. And And so anyway, yeah, I love that. It's almost scary. Sometimes. And if you think like, what if I don't whip I am
just here comfy and not taking those steps out? What if I miss that? What if I'm not
doing this thing that would lead me to go and be like to others and impact others and, and do that and miss that miss that opportunity? Almost. Which I mean, God also has who get his plan done tomorrow, no matter what zigzag?
It is. But uh, that's sort of like, you want to be present enough. Every situation to
be ready. you're prepared for what he wants you to do. And when he calls you total and like going off of that, like, you're exactly right. What I've always said, I don't want God to send someone else to do the job that I was created to do. Right? And like, Did you think like the story of like David and like King Saul, like Saul was the appointed king of Israel until he got off track, right. And the moment that he got off track God said, you know, I'm gonna have to send David now to realign with what I need to be done. And it's like, I knew exactly I don't want anything that I'm doing to like I said disqualify myself. Right? Like Saul, like, I don't want to, I want to I want to do or Solomon like, I want to do what I'm supposed to do. And yeah, so like that, that idea of like, I don't want I don't want God to send someone to do the job that I was created to do. Definitely drives me. But yeah, that's the idea of fears. Huge.
we can try to go back to more time. I mean, it's rolling into business completely because yeah, I realize but uh, what are some obviously like, we're both young guys in business.
Jack Fleming 1:04:18
What are some just like, motivational what are some tangible actions or tips that you have for people who were where you were or people who are getting those noes and maybe discouraged by that or, or just early in the stages of building businesses? Yeah, I mean, I would always be like, I see things like day online with what you're what you're called to do. Right? Like I've had so many noes. And having the piece that you know, that those noes are actually redirection, which doesn't always you don't always have that insight, right, like you think and know is a personal thing. Maybe someone doesn't hire you or maybe they don't really choose to go a different direction.
Blaine Fuhs 1:05:00
And it's like I always say is like, you know, have have like peace, knowing that it wasn't rejection. It was redirection, right? And, and like, that is huge, right where you think like, if you didn't, you know, maybe someone didn't whatever respond to your email or call you back or move forward with you like that read that rejection a lot of times is personal defeat, and people are like, hey, like, I'm gonna take that to heart. And you know, like, that's gonna affect me. And I'm like, looking at moment as not, you know, again, not rejection as redirection to where you were supposed to go to the client, you were supposed to meet the opportunity you were supposed to accomplish. And it may not always be what we thought, right? If you look at me in my life, what I was supposed to do, or what I had started first video for was to work at GoPro. That was the that was the reason I started to work at GoPro. And in pursuit of where I thought I was supposed to be.
The life that I was actually supposed to live had revealed themselves, right. And that's where and that's where I say, like, you know, if I if I had to give a tip to you to people is like, Don't get so focused on on where you're going, that you forget where you're at, and that those moments that are right in front of you are actually like preparing you for what what it is that is to come. But it really comes down to like man, like do you have again, I say I go back on that idea of obedience, even when it doesn't look like the story that you want to write? Can you have the obedience that what you're doing is preparing you for what's actually supposed to happen? And you know, as we know, a lot of times what we want to happen is not always what needs to happen, right? Like, there's so many clients that I thought I needed to get. I remember when I was 16, we, one of my first big rejection video was a bank. And I was 16. And they had $50,000 for an informative video. And I was like, holy cow. And I remember going into that. And and yeah, like it was between us and another client. And we went in there and I never video more than two camera. That was the first year I start charging two. Okay. And I remember going into that meeting. And, and when I'm wearing like a pull like a T shirt and khakis. And, and you know, we went in, we're like, Hey, you know, this is the video we would make. And we would do it for 48,000. And we got out of it. And then the other video company came in older gentlemen, really crappy videos on be honest with you, we are way better in video quality, just so everyone knows vividly better. And
they came in suits and ties and they said they would do it for 50 Plus, they got the video, not us. I remember leaving that meeting being like, what could we have done better? And that was a rejection. That was a obvious rejection. That redirection. 100% 100% right. And that's what I say it's a decision, right? You could take that rejection to heart and I could have been anger are angry and been like, you know what, like, they they didn't want us like they whatever, they don't deserve us. Like, you know what I mean? Like, they're not good enough for us. But instead I took that moment I was like, Alright, we got you know, said no. What is there to change that will prepare us like that was a moment that was preparing us for $100,000 contract million dollar contracts that we are now involved with. Right? And you funny to note, I must be very honest, I
you know, typically our contracts around six figures that's like typically, like our contract range. Within the last year or so we started getting into the seven figure like million dollar contracts. And I was having a conversation with Gabe who's like a really close friend of mine. And I was telling him, it's so interesting when it comes to timing, because
I look at what's happening in like my life now. Right? The numbers that we're talking with the clients that we're associating with, and I had thought for years ago that I was in a place ready for that. me now standing in front of you getting off of a call that's like a multi million dollar deal.
I can tell you with complete confidence that like that does not I honestly when I hear $10 and I hear a million dollars, it literally is the absolute same to me. And I so interesting because like if I if you said hey, we're going to do a million dollar contract four years ago,
how I would I would like to think that I would have the obedience and the direction to not be distracted by that. But I honestly can probably say that that probably would have affected me in some way. Like the things that I say maybe the way that it acted and maybe like the things that I would not do and do and and honestly I wouldn't be ready for it. Like if what is
What's happening right now for us in our businesses happened to me four years ago, I would not be prepared, I wouldn't be ready. And and I think that goes into like to just like say that to a lot of people, it's where it's like, there are things that you think need to happen now. Right? And but what I want to like say is that it is all in this as a metaphor, but this is truth into reality, it is easiest to kill a king, when he's a baby, right? And they are gonna change that around as well. It's easiest to chop down a tree or kill a tree when it's in seed form. Right? And I'm like, what businesses are growing and you're developing you characteristics that are growing, and you develop in you that if you were to blow up, would you be ready? Right. And if I had to look at it in like, an analogy, whenever I ended up, quote, unquote, getting to that top tier level of working with those big clients,
I will be honest with you, I always like say 17 1818, I was I was young, obviously, I'm still young. But I remember getting to a point where it was like, obvious, I was like, I had gotten to a place in my career I never had thought I would get to, and I was disappointed. Because I was like, man, like, this isn't what I thought it would have been. And I went in my life, if you look at it as like a plant or a tree, I had felt like at 14 I planted a seed that was video. Throughout the years, I had watered it. And throughout the years it had grown and at that point, I was a tree and I was bearing fruit and I was impacting people, and the only thing left for me to do was slowly wither and fade. I can dive, right. And a quote that I absolutely love is that the place of death and the place of life look very similar for a point in time. And I got that from from my my church that you know, a transformation church in Oklahoma. But the idea that when you when you die, you dig a hole, you bury it, and you wait.
When you're planting a seed, you dig a hole, you bury it, and you wait.
Either it grows or a dozen. And at that point in my life when I had reached a place that you know, I thought was the pinnacle. I thought there was nothing left to do was to die. And like not die die. But like it was just it was going downhill. You know what I mean? Like I like they're like they're what the ceiling was reached. And I'm like I There is nothing more. And, and what I came to the realization was that I had thought my life I planted the seed, I watered it, it grew. And now it's a tree now and bearing fruit, and now it's just downhill. But the idea that I'll give you the tree analogy again, if my life if that was the case, what I had thought I had been the process of full development. In reality, I haven't even broke the surface. Right? And it's like, I always like try to like tell people that is like, Man, you may think that you've broke the surface. But really, it's like them going on to God. It's like, what is God trying to create you for? That you need a deep foundation. Right, like, again, and I say that with the numbers that we're working with, and the people we're doing now, God had been growing roots. If my life is a tree, he's been growing roots in my life to prepare myself to bear the weight that was going to be coming to me that is now Right. And like what I mean by route is character, discipline, obstacles, failure, right, each route just grew deeper and more roots and more roots. Because if you look at a picture from a plant growing it, you know, maybe the tiniest little thing of like breaking the surface, but 1000s of roots below the surface, right? And, and I think like advice that I would give anyone if it's your business, or if you're an employee, right, and just trying to develop your character, and looking at your life being like, man, like, I don't feel accomplished, or I don't feel like I've, I've done enough and it's like, man like to be completely transparent. Like, I probably do want to work in you that's preparing you for what he is trying to do in your life down the road. Right? And it's like, for me when I was like 17 1617 I had thought like, you know, that was it. But really what I realized is that for that whole time for the last decade of my life, it had just been me growing roots. And it's like, I look at my life now and I get so fired up about it because I'm like, man, like, I haven't even broke the surface. Like every client. I've talked to every business that I've like been involved with, like it's preparing me for that for the next chapter of my life where I you know, I'm excited to to impact you know, as many companies as I possibly can. And and yeah, so it's like in the last thing I'll say before that if I had to give a breakdown between the difference. Let's imagine you're a tree and you made it and let's even talk about followers. So let's say that, let's say that you have a thought like you're started Instagram, let's say this podcast, right? You start this podcast and overnight. It goes from 100 followers to a million followers.
Jack Fleming 1:15:00
Blaine Fuhs 1:15:03
Carrot, carrot. Yeah. But you know, like, let's imagine that and it's like, if that were to happen. And this is obviously this is just like a self reflection thing. It's like, do you have the foundation of integrity, established enough that what you're doing now you would do there? Right. And I always say, like the idea of like a platform. You know, I love the story of like, David, and like, his whole story, but it's like what David did at a lower level, right, as a servant, is exactly what he did at a higher level. And, and so it's a kind of, like, you know, like, break that down into, like, what that means is like, what you're doing as the employee should be exactly what you would do if you were the boss, right? how you treat people at a lower level, in maybe your career, or financial status, or whatever, is how you should treat people whenever you do get to wherever you like, aspire to be. And so it's like that idea of like, you know, you're being molded, is super important. So, obviously, that there was a lot of things in there that, you know, hopefully anyone, you know, listening in or hears that will hopefully chew on, but yeah, I think that'd be my advice. Yeah, that's so good. I think that's a lot of a really good motivation for just people out there just maybe feeling discouraged or younger, and just starting to get into things I want to touch on, obviously, like he heard start somewhere. And, you know, I think the big part was for you is leaving your birthday, they showed you the free gay, like, you're sort of doing that.
Free work to, like build portfolio and network and all.
What's the value? What How do you see the importance of is doing, like free work and getting out of network game? I feel like a lot of people obviously, like, you know, you start small and $200 and some figs, that's, that's growth, but you had to do it over time. So like, it might not happen overnight.
How do you what would you say to people and how they value themselves? When when they are starting to work and, and are growing?
Yeah, I mean, I think like, I again, I'm open book. So how I started and kind of like switch business. And I'm sure we'll get into purpose again. But, you know, I always try to say, like, when I started doing video, I picked every category that I wanted to be involved with, right? So I said, I want to do real estate, I want to do wedding, I want to do organization, I want to do music videos, I want to do commercials, right? I got those categories. I found one client in southern Indiana that met those needs, I found a real estate agency, I found a corporate client, I found a car dealership, I found a musician, like you find those categories, I went to each of them. And I said, Hey, I'll give you like the wedding video, for example. I said, Hey, I'm gonna shoot your wedding video for free. Right? I shot this person's wedding video for free one time, right? I did the absolute most of with, with my resources that I possibly could. I was like, I'm going to do this free video to the standard of how I would do every single video if they were to pay me 1000s. Right. And I did that for a wedding company. I did that for a commercial company. I did that for a music video I did every one of those categories, whatever category it is, I did one for free. And I use that as my portfolio. Right one time. And like, and that's where a lot of times people get stuck. And they were like, oh, I'll do free opportunities to like, whatever, get another opportunity. That's a loophole, right? Like your own value right now, period. Right? It's like what you have to do if you're starting at zero is like just absolute express your value and your worth. Right? So I did that I had a wedding video commercial, I had all those things. I made a website, and I and then I went down to the competitor. Right? We'll take a commercial for example. I did, let's say we did the construction video. Let's just say it let's take a construction video. It's like hey, you know, I'm gonna do this construction video for free, right or a corporate client, do a corporate client for free. Do it for free, make it absolutely amazing. Go down to the other corporate client and the town over and say hey, this video I did for X, Y and Z and you know, I charged them $10,000 but I love to do this one for you for 5k because I believe in what you guys are doing here. Right? They're like you're getting there like in their mind they're like well I'm getting a deal Yeah, and and then that's how you grow and it's honestly as simple as that. Obviously it gets more complex the as you start to scale and systemize it but whatever you're doing, like if I don't like if it's a bit planning, find one person and say hey, I'm gonna do your event. I'm gonna do it for free. Do it absolutely amazing. And then go down to another person say hey, I planned this event. They paid me 30 grand, a lot to do yours for 15 right? That I literally it it is as easy as that. So to kind of go on like my perspective of doing free projects.
Do it one time crush it never do it again. And even, like, funny thing I did before I did, like started working with like the big, you know, athlete commercials, stuff like that like the like the ultra boost, like had the honor like you know, having that, like in the creative post production.
Um, but you know, I, I remember like so let's say you don't have the resources. This is video specific. I went onto a stock footage website, and I downloaded a bunch of free stock videos, they were doing like, a like every email gets like five free stock videos. So I made 20 fake emails. And I downloaded a bunch of stock footage, right. And I made a story I wrote it, I did a story of like how I wanted, it looked like 100,000 $200,000 commercial, and I put that video together. And then after I like had that video together, I put Nikes logo on the end of it. Who cares? Like who literally cares, right? And, and then I went down and like so then and I was basically preparing myself for if anything were to ever happen. This is like very like this is when I was like really young. Because like you know, let's say Adidas calls and they want a video. Hey, what have you done? Hey, here's something here's, here's what I can do. Right? And and so it's like that idea of like, and I always like with anything, right? Even like, let's again, you're starting out, like one of my buddy he like he's honestly one of the most talented guys ever. But he and he works with a lot of big companies. But he showed me like some ads that he made for like what we call like spec ads, right? And spec ads again, that's what I for anyone who doesn't know what a spec out is. It's basically you're like, Hey, I'm going to make a Pringles commercial Pringles didn't hire me. But I'm going to make a Pringles commercial, and send it to Pringles. And maybe they like it. Don't do that. It honestly will never work. I always say like, it's just the dumbest thing. But for a portfolio builder, like if you want to social media, like I read it on the clubhouse, have I gone? Yeah. Just Just to have this to toggle and things and totally, but I mean, you can do it, like as a leverage, right? Some people think that like clubhouse would never hurt by that, like, you know what I mean? Like, realistically, they won't, like, that just doesn't happen. But they could get inspired, and they could find your name. And then it's like, Hey, you know, we don't want you to do this. But we like what you did, right? And it has to be different. But I always say like my buddy, he did an Airbnb campaign. And it was like with animals, and it was like, be comfortable wherever you're at that. Like it was a spec campaign, super creative. It was like a dolphin on like, something like getting like a beach or something or not a beach like a desert. And it's like, oh, that's like such a crate or like an owl in like the freezing client. And I was like, it was just so cool. And so anyway, for like any advice on like, how I would, I would do it. If you're starting zero, do it for free. Do one for free in the categories you want to pursue use that as leverage for the competitors or other people within that industry that you know, you can really, honestly start your company from zero and go to 100 really quick.
Jack Fleming 1:23:08
any lessons you learned?
I guess all your lessons you learn transfer over from business to business.
What are the valuable lessons you've learned from managing businesses on your own? Well, I have people running with you too. And you're investing in getting other things, you're not necessarily the sole owner of things. But from running it on your own to now being diverse diversified to multiple different parts of business.
What are some management principles that is hold true?
Blaine Fuhs 1:23:42
I honestly think it's just one. And it's if you actually care about your clients, like period, end of story, right. And and that's what I always say, like in all of our meetings, for every client, we have an expectation section. So like if we ever have a client that reaches out, we'll talk them through obviously, what they what they're needing. But then we make it really important that we're going to express our expectations. And what I mean by expectations, and this is what we always say, is that like, Hey, we actually care about you. Right. And it's very common for a lot of businesses, or people or freelancers to be like, I just want to get as much money out of you as I possibly can. And what I'm very clear on is like we care about your success, and if we cannot help you, we are not going to offer you anything, right and even like from our branding perspective, like we do brand audits on our clients. So we'll go in and we'll be like, Alright, what do they do? Well, like what, uh, what what is even good enough? Right? Maybe like they they don't have something great, but it gets them by will tell them that. Right. And like, there's some clients where we could have made 50 grand off of a website, but we said, Hey, really, the website you have is fine. And they were like, well, we really wanted 50 grand on the website like, no, like we're not going to do it. Right and and like that happens. Like and like more than you would think.
You're the cool thing is that people see that. And so as far as like lessons that are advice like that I've learned throughout the business operation, when you actually care, and you are open and honest with everyone, if it's a wedding client, if it's like Adidas or whatever, to be like, Hey, I can charge you right now. But here's why I'm right, because you don't actually need it. And, and so it's like I say, it's really simple. It's like, I care about you, and nothing else. And if if I get your money, or if I don't get your money, I don't really care. As long as as long as you know, we're, we're a light to you. That's it. And so we honestly tell people that like every client, like, hey, we'd love to work with you. But you know, if it if we're not needed, we're not going to, we're not going to let you know you were needed. We're not gonna act like you need something you don't. And so I think, again, people can see that people can see that and the way you talk to them, and the way you email them, being like desperate, not desperate. I'm always like, hey, look, just act when you care. If people know, and and I would say that, that's the biggest thing I've learned is to like, be really authentically yourself. And businesses are attracted to that.
Well, we've gone a lot
Jack Fleming 1:26:13
pretty good note to end on honestly, is that Do you have any
calls to action for people listening or viewing? Like your website? So I probably everywhere if you have multiple different things that you're involved in, but yeah, just like one life.com or what were your what are some things you want to say to everybody? Yeah, I mean, honestly, nothing really. Yeah, I mean, like, if anyone ever wants to reach out, you can always like reach out to me like personally on my Instagram. Obviously, like I am an open book. So I guess like the biggest thing is anyone if anyone has any questions, or is like watching this now is this gonna get like it'll get uploaded to right so it's not
on YouTube, so it's gonna live on YouTube.
Or for podcasts I'm going to try to break it down into a custom view I will see my wife iffy and so I might have gone in and out here and there so we'll see what I can actually take from it. Yeah, that's the goal not to rewatch the whole thing in
an hour 30 well spent but yeah, no, I I think anyone watching if you guys just have like any questions at all, obviously a guy time is definitely limited. But you know, jack is you know, I'm I'm always more than willing if i think you know, there's even an opportunity to impact one person to help help on that. So you know if anyone is watching this or you see something in it that you think would would you know, connect with someone you know, I I personally love if you just you know, share your share whatever you think would impact them through this podcast. And and yeah, if anyone has any questions, reach out to me on Instagram, Blaine Foose Vla I and II fhs. As far as business and stuff, you know, it's all good.
Blaine Fuhs 1:28:00
Everything forever reach out to any of us either of us.
Jack Fleming 1:28:05
Again, we met on clubhouse and so it was basically sitting down and just chit chatting about some business and and filmmaking I didn't even I asked maybe three questions total and somehow it's an hour and a half and so I'm glad
make you just have content is at the ready and
Blaine Fuhs 1:28:24
I've got a lot of really great things and so glad that I'm here and you know, we spread content and be polite. That's obviously really
clever, Sam, bro. Appreciate you so much. Yeah, so to see where it goes. Yeah man peace. Awesome. See about it.