How to Build Relationships & Manage Budgets | Creatives Grab Coffee 41

Welcome to Creatives Grab Coffee, a podcast on the business of video production, hosted by Dario Nouri and Kyrill Lazarov from Lapse Productions.

Our goal is to make the video production industry smaller by creating a sense of community. Whether you are a creative, an entrepreneur, or a professional, there is knowledge for you to learn. Join us as we have industry professionals from around the world come on the show and share their insights on the industry and business. Welcome to Creatives Grab Coffee. Welcome to Video Production.

This week we welcome Thomas Ackels from Offbeat Films, a full-service video production company in Seattle, Washington specializing in the authentic human voice.


  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 04:15 – Getting paid for your passion projects
  • 06:43 – Offbeat Film’s background and adapting to post-pandemic life
  • 10:11 – Growth when you’re a freelancer vs. business owner
  • 12:23 – Learning skill sets that can’t be taught in school
  • 14:20 – Taking on freelance work while balancing company responsibilities
  • 24:02 – Benefits of working directly with client or with production company
  • 26:05 – Strength of relationships whether it’s with clients or between crew
  • 29:35 – Outgrowing your clients
  • 30:48 – Finding fulfilment with your projects
  • 35:45 – Adding new members to your team
  • 39:31 – Challenges of operating the business 
  • 44:97 – Knowing how to bill for pre-production
  • 52:30 – Giving your honest price
  • 58:17 – Losing pitches and re-evaluating for the future
  • 1:01:17 – The guys weigh in on mindset going into budgets
  • 1:05:01 – Putting in safeguards to protect your business’s cash flow
  • 1:06:10 – Breaking down the payment structure
  • 1:15:03 – Using the term ‘Videographer’
  • 1:19:35 – The value of having good professional audio in all your projects
  • 1:21:51 – Outro

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