Victor Cantey, 21
VC Visions is an East Los Angeles-based media production and photography company.
Employees: none; uses contractors.
Financials: $3,240 in 2018 gross sales through to May 21.
What lead you to start this business?
It all derived from writing poetry for my books and YouTube channel named VDC poetry. When I picked up my first camera, I realized I can write poetry through a lens too.
How did you fund it, and how are you funding it going forward?
I used income from working a few jobs to purchase the essential equipment to get started.
Are there advantages/disadvantages to starting a business in your 20s, and if so, what are they?
The disadvantage of starting a business at 18, especially under my circumstances, is limited financial resources. The advantage would be having the freedom to mold your future.
Do you have a mentor?
I’m not sure how to go about finding one that’s not digital.
Where do you go for advice regarding your business?
I normally research my questions online. I find YouTube, Google, and Instagram to be quite helpful.
Where do you go for professional services?
I currently don’t reach out for professional services. I solely manage all of the facets of VC Visions.
How much time/money do you spend on social media for your business?
I spend more time than money on social media. I’ve spent no more than $50 on Instagram ads.
Does social responsibility play a role in your business?
Yes, social responsibility plays a significant role at VC Visions. I collect donations year-round for VC Visions’ Annual Gift-Giveaway for the homeless community on Skid Row. I love sharing the same happiness I used to receive when I was given free toys on Skid Row.
Do you feel that your business is particularly tailored to the Los Angeles market, or do you feel you could have launched it in another location?
Los Angeles is ideal for my line of work. There is so much potential and room for growth.
Do you encounter skepticism from investors because of your age, and if so, how do you handle it?
I’ve never dealt with investors.
What do you for fun?
When I’m not focused on VC Visions, you can find me writing a poem for my book or my YouTube channel. I can (also) be found practicing calisthenics or studying psychology.
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