Brian Colgan

Rookies! In February we host our Rookie Pop-Up at ACME Studio Brooklyn and we are proud and honored to present Brian Colgan to you. He is the most creative studio director we know!

Who are you + what kind of a company do you have?
My name is Brian Colgan, I am the studio director of ACME Studio Brooklyn, which is a photo studio, prop rental house, and set design and fabrication shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We work out of a very unique space in Williamsburg.

What was your motivation to start up the business?
I came to ACME when it was just a vague idea, and I saw the potential of it, but knew it was going to take a ton of time, and a lot of trial and error. That excited me!

What’s the most fun part of being an entrepreneur?
Being an entrepreneur is a ton of work, a lot more work than working for someone else at an established company in my opinion, because you’re forced to wear a lot of hats at once. But I love that none of my time feels wasted or spent on busy work, or merely counting down the hours to quitting time. All of my time is spent on things that I know are important to the business. There’s always so much more to do, which can be daunting, but I’ve learned to look at it as exciting, because it is.

Which quote best describes you?
Try to say yes more than no!

Why do people love ACME?
It’s always fun to discover something, and I think everyone who comes into ACME feels like they’ve stumbled onto something out of the ordinary. In a New York (and Williamsburg) that is increasingly feeling a bit monotonous in its “luxury sleekness” we’re a bit more textured, a bit more naughty and playful. I want people who come here to do creative work to play a little, let their guard down a little. People also constantly ask if we all live here, which we don’t, but which I take as a compliment because it means it feels homey and comfortable, which we definitely want to foster!

What’s your ambition for the next 5 years?
I want to keep developing ACME’s network of clients, as well as the family of very talented artists we collaborate with! I also want to help everyone we work with to develop their own work, expand our creative community.

What’s the best advice you can give an aspiring entrepreneur?
Trust your instincts! It’s really easy to get bogged down in doubting your instincts, and erring on the safer side of risk taking. It’s a bit cliche but accept that you are going to make mistakes, and you should make mistakes. Just make sure you learn from them.