Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaysin Osterkamp, Andrea Osterkamp.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been into film. From an early age, I was more interested in how movies were made than how it looked. I would read books about special effects and tricks and the like. When my dad bought a camcorder I would get my friends together and we’d make terrible movies of our own.
While in college, I used to help a friend work on weddings for some side cash. There wasn’t much to it, but I always thought we could do more with the films than what was traditional wedding videos. I finished my first masters degree in Film Theory (MA) and then my second masters in Film Production (MFA) and immediately started working on movie sets, documentaries and the such. When I moved back to Illinois I started doing weddings again as side projects for friends and friends of friends. With the help and assistance, and loving push I needed, my girlfriend at the time (who has since become my wife and business partner) told me it was time to try and start my own business.
During my time in film school, because I was paying for the time there with loans and my money, I decided I was going to use the facilities as much as possible. I would try to stay in the film editing rooms until the building closed every night at 3am or 4am. When the dean of the college would give tours in the film building, he would introduce me to the potential new students as the “Night Owl” of the film department. The name meant something to me. It meant that I was dedicated, known, and strived to constantly be better. So when it came time to name our company, we saw this part of our story as a sign.
We started off NightOwls with a handful of weddings and local high school athletics. Since then it has grown into a full time business where we are handling 30-40 weddings per year, commercials, live events, drone footage, family videos, and much more. We’ve even started a few other video teams under our name. We continually strive to be better in everything we do.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting the business was difficult. Making your own schedule means that no matter what you do, that project still has to be done on time and beautiful for the client. Finding work in the beginning was tough, but through social media networking and going out and meeting people, giving away a lot of free work in the beginning, we started to get noticed and asked about for further work.
Financially, of course, starting your own business if a struggle, because you have to front the cost of all your gear, advertising, subscription fees, materials for clients, and so on. But that’s also the joy of it all. Working for people who really appreciate your work and what you do is a joy all in itself. The fact that we can make something for someone that truly enriches their lives, not just today, but for years and years to come, is something far more important than a check.
Our clients have all been amazing, and we have been blessed for it! We get to spend some of the best moments of their lives with them and that’s an honor to be a part of. They say, if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life, however, even though it does feel like work sometimes, it’s pure magic to know that what I am doing is truly making a difference to someone.
NightOwls Media – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a video production and graphic design company. From consumer based projects to company logos, wedding films to commercials, we can, and love to do it all. We specialize in making the client happy, and I know that sounds corny, but we really want you to be as proud of what we make for you as we are.
Most of our work consists of wedding films and logo creations for companies. Weddings are super fun to work on because everyone is having this beautiful day, everyone is happy and excited, and to be a part of that is just too much fun! Logos are artistically enjoyable because we get to help people show off their ideas, their passions, and their own creativity by helping the world see what they can do. When we see our logo on a store front or a business card, it gives us a huge amount of satisfaction that we are helping.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is such a strange concept, as everyone has their own definition and markers of success. My personal motto is that I am never good enough, and I want to keep getting better. The moment I think I am “good enough” I have already fallen behind.
Success to me is making my clients happy, seeing them enjoy what we made for them. However, every project we work on, we try to make it better than the last so with their words of encouragement and praise, we find that fuel and energy to make our next film the best we have done.
I don’t think there is a cap to my criteria of success. There is no ceiling, no limit, no moment when I think, “we made it.” I want to always be better.
- Wedding film by Associate Team start at $4295
- Wedding film by myself and my team start at $5295
- Logos and graphic design start at $500
- Address: 40 Pioneer Park Place
- Website: www.NightOwlsMedia.com
- Phone: 6307680730
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @NightOwlsMedia
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NightOwlsMediaFB/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/nightowlsmedia
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/nightowls-media-elgin-2
- Other: https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/nightowls-media-elgin/5d31f5b83632d199.html
Tony Pardilla (the two posed headshots – Jaysin and Andrea – with white background)
Nakai Photography – (the behind the scenes image with the couple on the chairs in the air)
UnPosed Photography – (the image of Jaysin and Andrea sitting in the leather chairs)
NightOwls Media – All other images.