SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In the course of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown, many enterprise homeowners struggled to make ends meet, particularly eating places and bars.
However two freelancers are discovering the constructive and making a documentary on these those that took the chance and began their very own companies in the course of the pandemic.
John Seabag and Robert Kelley are a staff. Seabag, a Missouri State scholar whereas Kelly is an Evangel grad.
Whereas colleges and companies have been closing down, the 2 discovered a chance.
Seabag purchased a digital camera and had deliberate to videotape his spring break journey to California, however the journey was known as off and he was caught at dwelling.
“And so, I obtained tremendous bored and I wanted to do one thing you already know,” Seabag mentioned. “I simply taught myself the way to edit video. The entire videography facet of it. And so I’m now a contract videographer and I’ve my very own enterprise”
Seabag used his video digital camera to tape occasions, birthdays and weddings. He began his personal video manufacturing enterprise.
“And we have been speaking, like one of many unseen losses with the pandemic it’s like individuals’s hope to take an opportunity so like several goals for companies that they had slated for 2020,” Kelley mentioned. “It’s like 2020 was imagined to be everyone’s 12 months, you already know.”
Whereas many companies needed to shut their doorways, others determined to open new doorways and begin their very own enterprise, like Seabag. Kelley had quite a lot of expertise in videography and the 2 determined to do a documentary on individuals taking that likelihood to begin a enterprise on the top of COVID-19.
Kristen Douglas and Dylan Collins are co-owners of the break up social kitchen. They was once a pair however break up — therefore the restaurant identify — however they co-parent their 6-year-old son. They’ve been planning to open a restaurant. They opened within the kitchen in July.
“But it surely was positively uncharted waters for us,” Collins mentioned. “We type of knew what we needed all through all the course of so simply had I hope the place we might do inside seating and get individuals to check out meals in our retailer for the primary time.”
Tales of COVID success is popping out to be a profitable documentary. Seabag and Kelley have no less than seven companies in Springfield they plan to characteristic, with possible extra to come back.
“I’ve a level that I’m not even going to make use of so I would simply pursue this profession and movie and make video as a ardour and profession and Rob simply actually helped me out and he’s been doing it loads longer so,” Seabag mentioned.
“So, we principally needed to go and discover individuals who did take that likelihood and had that braveness and encourage different individuals to not quit hope that tomorrow can be higher,” Kelley mentioned.