ROOKIE OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY: PAIGE WILHILDE
Rookie Republic is continuously spotting Rookies that change the world. Paige is such an energetic person and a driven videographer. She has the ability to make you feel at home around her and this shows in her work! She is a rock star and we are sure she’ll make it to the top. This is why we honor her as Rookie of the Month February 2015!
Who are you + what kind of a company do you have?
I am the founder of Paige Media, a video storytelling and marketing company that helps businesses use video in unique and creative ways.
What was your motivation to start up your own business?
I was tired of working for someone else. I wanted flexibility to not only have my own schedule, but I also sought out creative flexibility. It seemed in all my previous positions, my creative ideas were never heard or if they were, it took a lifetime to get them implemented. I come from a line of entrepreneurs, so I believe it was always in my blood to start a company.
What were your first steps?
The best thing I ever did was hire a business coach. She gave me so much clarity and pointed me in the right direction. When you’re an entrepreneur, sometimes you can feel like you’re going at it alone. Having a coach was like having a mentor and a business partner without the same financial obligation. Once I was clear on my business, I started beta testing. I would reach out to people I admired and do a video for them for very cheap. That way I could see what worked and what didn’t.
Why should people work with you?
I am so in love with what I do. I love everything about telling people’s stories and helping them grow their business through the medium of video. My energy, my passion, my “Paige-ness” sets me apart.
What do your clients love about you?
They love my energy. I truly believe the energy you bring to a project is reflected in the final product. So if I’m not excited and passionate about a project, I won’t work on it. Because I know it won’t be my best work. That being said, all of the projects I work on have elements of my passion, of my vision, of my creative energy. And clients work with me because they want that.
What’s your ambition for the next 5 years?
In the next five years, I want to have my own video studio that can transform from a living room set to a green screen and everything in between. That’s where I’ll do shoots with clients, and that’s also where I’ll host my weekly internet show for entrepreneurs. I hope to be bi-costal, and I want to be speaking at large events about the power of video marketing.
What’s the best advice you can give a Rookie?
Surround yourself with people who are better than you. And when you come to a crossroads, always embrace collaboration over competition.