Tuesday Crew Day: Stephen Thomas

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Tuesday Crew Day: Stephen Thomas

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I’m from Charleston, WV and currently maintain residence in the state. I remain close to my family, friends, and associates – it’s always going to be home. I am currently a recording artist and have been fortunate to attend industry events like the BET Awards and have been interviewed by MTV, Vibe Magazine, Hype Magazine and more. Many people in Charleston still know me as a DJ for one of the best stations in the Capitol City, 98.7 The Beat, with Woody Woods.

What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?

Actually, working on my own projects with the production company, Space Cherry Films. The experience has been an invaluable learning opportunity. It can be very difficult at times, especially when you’re just getting started and have very limited resources. But with prayer, faith, and the determination to see the project become a success, everything has always come together.

What was your last job and what were you responsible for?

The “Best Days” music video production that was shot in Charleston and surrounding areas. Prior to that, I had completed two additional video shoots – one of which was picked up by Sean Combs’ (P. Diddy) television network, playing in 20-30 million homes worldwide.  The responsibilities that my last job entailed included producer, crew management, production accounting, set decoration, travel coordinator, location scout, set designer, buyer for props, transportation coordinator for the entire production crew, and more. You name it – I did it!

I now have a management team with Creative Hearts Entertainment, along with Space Cherry Films, and we wrapped another music video production that filmed October 28-30. This will not be the last video we shoot in the state of West Virginia – we have many ideas that we would love to do here. I want to continue giving back to my hometown and those who have made what I do possible.

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?

First and foremost, master the art of communication – it’s critical for this and most industries. Learn how to talk with people and don’t be shy. Network, network, network. Next, make sure to surround yourself with people who know even more than you about the industry and have great experience. Use the Internet to learn as much as possible. Find quality individuals to mentor you and help you get where you want to be and achieve success. Look for opportunities, because the more experience you have the more valuable you become. Make yourself as versatile as possible. Experience is what people look at, just like they would with any other job.