Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Dreeszen.
Hi Sean, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado until I I recently relocated to the Phoenix area in Arizona. Ive been a filmmaker since the first time my Mom bought my Brothers and I a camcorder to film each others sporting events when I was a teenager. I would sneak it out the bag sometimes and take it on my own adventures and starting filming my friend and I just hanging out like normal kids. .I took a liking to capturing stuff on video and to watch it back with friends. As I got older I started creating little edits of the videos with music overlaying the footage. Time went on and I never really thought about filming so the camcorder just collected dust in the closet or shelf that It was on.
So in 2005 I thought it would be cool to film an actual music video with some friends that were into the music scene in my neighborhood. We ended up shooting off and on over the next 4 years years, nothing major just playing around with really no purpose or outlet. However in 2009-10 Social Media started to enter our world and I started to connect with different artists outside my circle of friends and would charge a small amount to produce their music videos.
In 2012 I was forced to quit my job when the warehouse I was working at closed down, that’s when It really took off. I went on to shoot hundreds and hundreds of music videos over the next several years. In my journey I’ve produced 2 short films, Grit City & Euphoria. I also co-created and produced 30+ episodes of Top Of Da Boxx, a music video countdown show.
In 2018 I decided to transition my videography into an actual video business. I started working with Realtors, Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses & Brands to help grow and scale their businesses. I helped several of them expand their brands and businesses to the next level.
In 2022, I made a major decision to expand my business outside of Colorado and come to Arizona. Im very excited to be here and want to duplicate my success in a new market and become one of the top content creators in the region.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road by any means. There was a lack of resources when I first picked up a camera. In 2009-10 Youtube was still in its infancy stage, far as finding education on there. There wasn’t any courses or any obtainable educational resources like there is now. I had no clue what I was doing my first several years. I just knew how to capture the footage and put it together by myself, learning as I went.
My financial situation was rough at the beginning also, so I couldn’t afford the best camera gear out there but I worked with what I could. I was also in and out of court and jail dealing with a couple of drinking & driving charges, so that didn’t help my money problems either. At one point I wasn’t able to drive so that put a burden on my abilities to get places to shoot at or even get hired for shoots.
When I quit my full-time job in 2018, I didn’t prepare myself correctly for the entrepreneur roller-coaster that I was hit with, meaning I didn’t save up money to go on my own, I didn’t understand that I would get hired 4-5 times one week and then nothing for weeks. I had to pick a small part time job at Amazon starting at 4am and delivered with postmates until I got enough traction to live off my video business, which was after 9 months of grinding and working my butt off trying to put food on the table and balancing building my business at the same time.
In 2020, we all know what happened with Covid-19. Many businesses couldn’t afford video anymore and so a lot of plans for that year were destroyed not only in my business but all around the world. I quickly adjusted and pivoted my business, and use video to my advantage. That year ended up being at the time by biggest year financially.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
At this stage in my career, I help Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Brands build their Brands, scale their business through Video & Photo content.
Im most proud of the way I change peoples lives financially through my videos. Ive helped dozens of Entrepreneurs and Small business actually make more money from driving customers and sales to them through video. Whether it be Realtors selling more houses, gaining multiple clients off a single testimonial video, or an e-commerce brand selling more products online from the promo videos I’ve created. I think what sets me apart from others Is that most of my clients say I have a certain aesthetic, certain vibe and flavor when it comes to my video content. My open personality and charisma makes it easy to work with me and overall I treat it like a business and not a hobby.
Any big plans?
The future looks very bright for my company, Clearview Films. As I get older I will eventually take a back seat to most of the actual production and start building a crew and outsourcing most of the work and focus on growing the actual business in the background. Im also creating some video coaching material far as e-books, courses and 1-on-1 mentoring programs. Im in the initial stages of that, having already created 2 small online courses and an e-book already.
- Email: Sean@clearviewfilms.biz
- Website: www.clearviewfilms.biz
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seanclearview/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLEARVIEWFILMS
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ClearviewFilms