5 Questions with - Karl Watkins

This week We are featuring Karl Watkins. Karl is a local filmmaker and owner of Wattz Entertainment Studios.  Karl shares his insights on taking a leap and following your passion below.

WHEN DID YOU MAKE THE BIG DECISION TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS? WHAT INSPIRED YOU? WHAT SCARED YOU?

I made the leap after I finished film school. I decided that if the world was going to see my work, then I would have to be the only person to present it. My passion for telling stories and binge watching multiple movies a day inspired me to become a better filmmaker.  One of the scariest things is not having a clue what I’m doing as far as opening and running a production company  I am not sure when the next gig will be.

WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT THIS PROCESS?

What surprised me the most was thinking I would need a lot of help. But with planning and organization, everything came together with doing it myself. 

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE STARTING YOUR BUSINESS? ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE SMALL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS?

What I wish I had known was how much time and sacrifice it would take to get your name out there. My advice would definately be to build an audience.   

WHERE DO YOU GO IN MIAMI WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?

When I need inspiration, I usually travel around to find abandoned areas and what would be known as "The Bad Area" 

WHAT MODERN LOCAL GROUP OR BUSINESS DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

I follow multiple businesses and people and in the production world. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING KARL! ARE YOU INTERESTING IN SHARING YOUR IDEAS ON STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? CONTACT THE MODERN LOCAL AT KBLAIS@THEMODERNLOCAL.COM FOR YOUR CHANCE TO TELL YOUR STORY.