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Celebrating 10 Years

Today marks the official 10th anniversary of Chris Martin Studios.

In 2005, I left my day job unsure of what I was going to do. I had a variety of skills in design, web development, and video production, but I didn’t think of starting a business because I always thought that was something I would do in my 40s. Over the course of a few months, I was landing projects with a variety of non-profit organizations through contacts and I decided to establish and incorporate Chris Martin Studios.

Throughout the past 10 years, I have learned many lessons. Running a business is hard work. It is non-stop action and will consume you if you let it. Burnout can set in if you have nothing else to provide a sense of balance. Many people will say they believe in what you do, but only a few will stick around to help.

I have thrown in the towel a few times, but miraculously the business and myself bounce back even stronger. I have gone off on tangents and painful detours. I have made mistakes. I have learned to take nothing for granted. I understand the importance of vision, follow-through, authenticity, and asking for help.

Here is a small glimpse at what I have experienced through my business and professional life the past 10 years:

While this is just a short glimpse of what I have accomplished, I am looking forward to transforming and changing Chris Martin Studios into the business it needs to be in the coming years to continue providing me an opportunity to unveil unique stories throughout the world.

To the 163 people, businesses, and organizations I have worked with, thank you. Without your patronage and support, I would not be in business today and I would not have had the opportunities I was a part of the past 10 years.

To my friends, mentors, family, and distributors of wise council, thank you. Your support and belief in me keeps me going when times are tough. Most importantly, you help me to see what I am unable to see.

To my wife, thank you. It has been a challenging road the past 10 years, but thank you for your never-ending source of belief in what I am capable of.

Finally, to myself, thank you. While many won’t know or understand the struggles, triumphs, sacrifices, and mistakes you have made, you put every ounce of you into your work and have accomplished more than you ever thought you would. Keep pushing yourself to learn your why and tell the stories that need to be told.

Here’s to the next 10 years.