Small business story – Tricia Lee


First and last name: Tricia Lee

Company name: A Film Monkey Production Inc.

Website address: www.filmmonkey.ca

Street address and nearest intersection: 10 Yonge Street, Yonge & Queens Quay – offices.

Please describe exactly what your business does and your target market (ideal customer):

A Film Monkey Production is a film and television production company that is dedicated to creating projects that touch, move and inspire audiences. 

We also create commercials and corporate videos, providing clients with creative and production services to make high quality products to promote or train their company.  Our target market is any business or business professional who wants to promote themselves.  With many user-generated content websites and YouTube being some of the most popular ways to get attention for your business, you need a professional video to stand out from the others.  Whether your business be big or small, multimedia is the way to advertise yourself to your customers and grow your business.

What makes your business different?

We offer fresh, talented, and dedicated professionals who specialize in their respective fields, to collaborate and bring together a top quality, effective product.

We are filmmakers by trade.  We have a passion for storytelling and entertainment and we understand our audiences.  We take care in every product we put out there.

Why did you decide to start your own business?

I have a passion for filmmaking.  I want to touch, move and inspire people who watch my work.  Being a filmmaker is not an easy path to choose, but it is my passion.  I decided to start A Film Monkey Production because it was important to me to do my own work, create projects that I care about and tell stories that I feel are important to share.

What’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
The best part of being an entrepreneur is working on projects that are important to me.  I am excited to wake up every morning and get to work. 

What’s the worst part of being and entrepreneur?
The worst part of being an entrepreneur is that at first, you put a lot of your own money into the company and don’t get paid much.  I’ve had to take on other jobs to sustain a living, but it is all worth it because I get to do what I want and run my own business.

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business for almost 2 years.

How did you raise the start-up cash?
The start-up cash came from my own pocket.

Identify and discuss a few lessons you’ve learned as an entrepreneur?
A lesson that I have learnt is that you can’t do everything on your own.  You need good people around you that you trust to work with and push your company and ideas forward.

What advice would you give to an aspiring entrepreneur?
The best piece of advice I can give is quite cliché, but it’s cliché for a reason.  Go for your dreams and never give up.  Someone once told me “Man doesn’t fail, he only stops trying”.  Don’t stop trying and you will live your dreams one day.

Briefly, what are your goals and plans for the future?
I am currently developing a feature film based on a crime novel by an award-winning author for which we are seeking private investors, a public service announcement against street racing with SunTV, The Ministry of Transportation and the Laidlaw Foundation, a documentary about street racing with SunTV and a TV series for teens with Marblemedia and The N.  The TV series “Waiting in the Wings” just won a development deal and the Kodak Audience Choice Award at the Banff Television Festival.

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