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Hey there, fellow entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts.

Get ready to dive into the world of creativity, innovation, and visual storytelling as we shine the spotlight on one of our cherished members in the Black Business Network (BBN) family.

Today, we step into the world of Guess Design House (GDH), a dynamic production studio nestled in the heart of Brixton. But this is no ordinary studio; it's a place where creativity meets entrepreneurship, where passion transforms into visual storytelling.

At Black Business Network (BBN), we're all about celebrating innovation and talent, and GDH Productions, led by the visionary Daryl McCollin, embodies both. Daryl's journey is a testament to the magic that happens when you blend a love for film with a commitment to collaboration. Get ready for a front-row seat to GDH's captivating story!

In today's dynamic business landscape, where visual content reigns supreme, Guess Design House (GDH) emerges as a beacon of creativity and innovation. Based in the vibrant Brixton neighbourhood, GDH is a production studio that specialises in film and television production, and it's here that Daryl McCollin, the director, weaves his magic.

His journey from a passion for videography to entrepreneurial success is an inspiring tale we are excited to share with you.

Tell us about Guess Design House and some of the services you provide?

At GDH Productions, we provide support for businesses, catering to their diverse video requirements. Our services include design, branding and are centred around producing corporate, promotional, event videos, and more.

What was the motivation behind starting up this business?

I've always had a passion for film and have directed several short films. Starting this business allowed me to combine that passion with others. I have always believed in collaboration and starting this business allowed me to focus on my passions and gives me the freedom to work on what I enjoy while working with like minded professionals.

Why do you want to support Black entrepreneurs?

It’s very important to support black business owners and invest in each other. This way, we as a community can build financial freedom and generational wealth. Also, I want to provide high quality video to represent black businesses in the best light.

How does Guess Design House amplify the businesses it serves?

I believe we make compelling visuals that encourage engagement. Video stands as an important tool for user interaction, boosting credibility and driving conversions. Video content is already having a wider reach than other forms of marketing and content creation and we work closely with our clients to ensure a wider reach and a lasting impact on audiences.

What are some of the challenges you face as a business owner in the film production

One of the biggest challenges is managing clients expectations with their budgets. However, being able to bring the client's vision to life whilst being realistic and mutually beneficial is rewarding.

The nature of working in production comes with its own challenges (unpredictable weather, external noise etc) but it's our job to provide solutions and we are experienced in doing so.

What advice would you give small business owners on how they can effectively
incorporate video production affordably?

Set clear goals of what you want from video. Is it to build brand awareness or show benefit, build engagement or showcase features of a product or service? Repurpose content. Think of all the places video can be displayed to have the most impact. One video can be used on various platforms such as websites, social media and in a keynote. Be clear on what you want from video production. Short form content for socials might be more cost effective if filmed on a mobile phone. However for longer form content it may be more beneficial to invest in hiring a video production team.

What are the best ways to showcase their businesses through video production that help bring in customers?

This depends on the business and their marketing goals. Video is an important part of the business to invest in. Businesses with diverse budgets can utilise video production to craft high-quality content, tailored to their target audience. A few strategies any business can employ are customer testimonials, brand narratives, explainer videos, guides, behind-the-scenes glimpses, SEO optimisation and new product announcements.

What do you think is the key to maintaining a successful production studio over the
long term?

I think the key to success is consistency in your niche and strong client relationships. You also have to be flexible, which allows you to apply your skills and expertise to a variety of projects. By having a niche you get to specialise, but by being flexible you get to apply your core skills to a spectrum of services. Catering to diverse client needs, staying adaptable, being responsive to technological shifts, market trends and client preferences are keys to sustained success.

From your own personal experiences, what are 3 things you wish you knew before starting up?
  • I wish I knew the true value of networking. Through starting this business I have discovered how important networking is to build and grow.

  • I wish I knew how much time was needed to be invested in setting up the business to achieve a healthy work life balance.

  • To make more time for personal development.

Where do you want to see Guess Design House in 5 years from now?

I hope to build a collective of talented creatives, enriching our services and expanding our creative reach to serve an even broader clientele.

And that's a wrap on our journey with Guess Design House! From Daryl McCollin's cinematic passion to GDH Productions' commitment to crafting compelling visuals, this is a story of creativity, collaboration, and excellence.

As Daryl shared his insights and experiences, we learned valuable lessons about networking, work-life balance, and the importance of personal development. These nuggets of wisdom are not just for GDH but resonate with every aspiring entrepreneur out there.

Looking ahead, GDH envisions building a collective of talented creatives, enriching their services, and expanding their creative reach to serve an even broader clientele. It's a vision that reflects their dedication to growth and innovation. So, whether you're in search of captivating video content or you're an aspiring entrepreneur with dreams as big as the silver screen, GDH Productions is your go-to destination for turning ideas into reality.

Final Thoughts From BBN

To get in touch with Daryl search for Guess Design House in our BBN Service Directory where you can also connect with a network of other exceptional service providers. Together, we're shaping the future, creating financial freedom, and building generational wealth. Join us, and let's make history!

And remember, your extraordinary 15% discount is waiting for you! Use code BBN15 and let's make your creative vision a reality with Guess Design House.

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