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Featured Studio Owner

Anthony and Lora
Home Video Studio - Amherst

Date: 02/24/2012

Tony and Lori Melendez, Home Video Studio owners from Amherst, Ohio have an important anniversary coming up very soon! "Robert [Hanley, founder and CEO of HVS] told us the day we bought a Home Video Studio that we'd never forget the date," says Tony, "And he was right! We decided to become studio owners on May 11, 2002." That makes Tony and Lori nearly ten year veterans and, in many of their colleague's eyes, the "Deans" of Home Video Studio owners. This month we recognize Tony and Lori as our March 2012 Studio Owners of the Month.

What makes them successful? If you're looking for secrets or shortcuts there are none. Tony and Lori exhibit the age-old traits of teamwork, a tireless work ethic, daily attention to goals and doing what needs to be done. They also display good old-fashioned kindness – a winsome quality that makes them a hit with their customers and a joy to be around.

Tony and Lori, like many of our Home Video Studio couples, have worked as a team their entire married life. Tony spent his career as an educator - teaching and coaching - and has run his business alongside these demands, first on his own and then as a Home Video Studio franchisee. "A mentor told me when I first started teaching not to put all my eggs in one basket," says Tony. Some teachers paint or clean windows on the side. I liked video so I started my own video business and worked it in the evenings, on weekends and in the summer." Lori, who has a background in marketing and also ran a successful daycare while tending to the video venture, has partnered with him from the beginning. Together they took the daily steps necessary to fulfill their dream of a full-time video business. Upon Tony's retirement from teaching last May that dream has become a reality. Not only that, but it is a family affair with their children Evan, Kaitlyn, Rocky and Amanda chipping in along the way as well.

So how did they find Home Video Studio? "That's really interesting," laughs Melendez. I had taken on a wedding job and it was turning into a nightmare. It started out with my needing technical support and I couldn't find any help – even with the manufacturer of my equipment. I happened to pick up a Videomaker magazine and saw an ad for Home Video Studio and called. Soon I was talking to a stranger named Robert Hanley who not only pointed me in the right direction for my technical problem but advised me on some pricing as well."

With that Tony realized he wanted to be in business for himself but not by himself and soon Tony and Lori attended a "Show N Tell" in Indianapolis. On that fateful day in May they became studio owners and have enjoyed the income, support, expertise and camaraderie that Home Video Studio brings.

In the past ten years Tony and Lori have built a business and made money doing what they love…creating videos and making people happy. They have also won many international awards, including Studio Owners of the Year, Rookies of the Year, Best Video Production, Best Wedding, Best High Concept Video and Best Sports Scholarship Video.

Do Tony and Lori have any advice for someone looking into being a studio owner? "This is a good time, maybe even necessary for some people, to go into business for themselves. If you have a passion for video this is the best way to do it."

Tony and Lori Melendez
Home Video Studio - Amherst
Amherst, OH

Anthony and Lora
Amherst OH

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February 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM EDT.

"Making Money With Video"

In forty-seven minutes we'll cover:

  1. What makes HVS the perfect business for the right person.
  2. The basic principles that drive our business.
  3. The training and support you will receive.
  4. Home-based and Studio Store options.
  5. Ramp up times - how quickly can you be profitable?
  6. How you can start part-time or full-time.
  7. Your questions and our answers.
Show 'N Tell: A first glimpse
john and tammy
"Tammy and I came to a Show 'N Tell Saturday. The initial conversation was Robert talking about what it is to be a Home Video studio Owner. Of course we'd listened to the CD's over and over in our car for a couple of months. I think Then we had the presentation and we signed right there at the end of the presentation."
- John Montgomery - Newark, OH.
tony and lori
"Our Show 'N Tell Saturday was on May 11, 2002 - Mother's Day weekend! We were already operating our own video business, but we wanted to run it at a higher level with better equipment. We needed a plan and a system like the one offered by Home Video Studio. If you're thinking about HVS, you should go to Show 'N Tell Saturday."
- Tony & Lori Melendez - Amherst, OH.
Call 317-358-5932 or 1-866-714-1956 to reserve your spot! Or Email Robert@homevideostudio.com. Space is limited. Travel paid for qualified attendees!

Here's what we'll cover at Show 'N Tell Saturday.

The number one thing we'll cover is making money in the video business. I'll cover pricing video as well as collecting the money. What's the difference between a $500.00 video and a $5000.00 video? Are you leaving money on the table? I'll teach you how we do it! Oh... what about a $30,000.00 video?
This is the great unknown for most people who attempt to enter our industry. How do you get business and find clients? I'll share with you.
I'll cover our 12 month and 21 day in person training program in depth. How do we take you from where you are now to where you want to be? We are very good at this as long as you can take that first step and get to Show 'N Tell!
You'll be in my studio all day so we'll definitely get into the nitty gritty on equipment and gear. How will you outfit your studio? Do you have current equipment that can be used? Maybe and if so that will save you some money.
Home Video Studio is a short cut to success. You may be looking for both financial success and creative achievements - money in the bank and an Oscar! We make no promises except to put you in an environment with others who have the same vision. Our mission is to help you achieve success as you define it.
Not everyone is out to make a fortune. Home Video Studio is a very fun and exciting business and lifestyle. Want to turn your hobby into a real live functioning studio? We can do that for you. Want to get your family involved in the business? We'll help train them. This is a very family friendly business.
We'll discuss transitions and getting started. Going to quit your job? Come out of retirement? Convert a 401k? Will you work the studio part time until you can go full time? We will start designing a plan for you at Show 'N Tell Saturday.
We are experts in funding and financing. If you need us to help you find the money we would be happy to. It is easy to convert a 401k or IRA with zero penalty. Many people do a refi or a home equity loan. There are other avenues as well. One of the things we do on Saturday afternoon is cover financing. It's not that difficult. If you need consultation on funding call us.

We suggest you bring your spouse/partner to our Show 'N Tell Saturday. That's our treat. You'll know a whole lot more about running a Home Video Studio by end of day on Saturday!

"You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us"
- John Lennon "Imagine"
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