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Featured Studio Owner

Howard Hong
Home Video Studio - Draper

Date: 03/05/2014

Home Video Studio certainly attracts some interesting people with stories to tell, and Howard Hong of Draper, Utah is no exception. He is a renaissance man with a curiosity, passion and zest for life that manifests itself in his many interests. With a degree in nursing and having worked on a hospital floor he has a heart for people. With a computer degree and vast experience in health informatics he has a brain for technology . And as a working actor he has feet that have "trod the boards" of stage, screen and television.

All of these skills coalesce in his Home Video Studio based out of his house in Draper. His people skills, technical skills, and creative flair are tested daily as he meets customers' demands for quality Video Services for Everyone.

Howard was born and grew up in Salt Lake City in a household where the values of vision, self-determination and hard work had a very real meaning. His father and mother lived in south China during the 1930's and 40's when China was engaged in a great civil war between the Communist Party and forces loyal to the nationalist government. As with any war of ideology the "people of the land" were the most affected.

"My father, mother and newborn sister were starving, like all the people where they lived," says Howard, "so my father found a way to get to the United States and arrived, as they say, with only the shirt on his back." Finding a job in a restaurant he communicated with his family by correspondence and sent money - not seeing them for fifteen years. At last Howard's mother and sister were able to flee to Hong Kong (then a British colony) and the family was reunited. To top it off Howard's dad eventually became part owner in the same restaurant he worked at upon his arrival in the US. "If there's anything I've learned from my father," says Howard, "it's the meaning of hard work."

Needless to say Howard was encouraged to get an education, so he enrolled at the University of Utah as a nursing student. "I've always been interested in helping people," says Hong, "and I saw that healthcare was an in-demand career choice, and still is." Right after graduating from nursing school Howard met his wife Carol, who had just graduated from Brigham Young University in Hawaii. Howard and Carol were married shortly after graduation and decided to take the direction of many young professional married couples - go back for more school. Working as a true team they decided Carol should go back for her doctorate degree in pharmacy while Howard worked as a Registered Nurse. Then Howard went back to get a specialized degree combining healthcare and computer technology while Carol embarked on her career as a pharmacist. Then, with educations in hand, they worked in their respective fields for the next dozen years.

So what do you do when you and your wife juggle demanding careers while starting a family while being involved in your church and community? Yes, you start acting! "I always enjoyed the movies and wanted to try acting, even though I was kind of quiet and shy," laughs Howard. So he began in community theater and took some acting classes. Then he took some more, worked at his craft and began acting in student films, independent films, and other productions to get experience. Soon he had built a good resume and was able to find representation by a reputable agent. Howard has appeared in many productions including a national television ad for Exxon Mobile, many Fortune 500 industrial films, and even in a National Lampoon movie.

Lest you think Howard has designs on being a movie star or a business magnate he is quick to tell you that his impetus for everything he does has much deeper roots. "The most important thing to me is my faith and my family. Those are the reasons I do anything."

Perhaps that's why after twelve years in a corporate life Howard chose a lifestyle that would allow him a little more flexibility in his life to pursue his other passions, such as pastoring his church, and to be more available for his family. "As I began to investigate businesses that fit the life I wanted to live I thought a franchise route would be the best way to go," says Howard. Naturally he would look into healthcare type businesses at the start - but found the market more saturated than he would like. Then he saw an opportunity with Home Video Studio. "This piqued my interest," says Hong, "because it was a chance to combine my creativity, technical skills, and people skills - plus I could so it all from home."

Howard made a phone call, talked to Robert Hanley and attended Show n Tell in late 2011. Shortly thereafter he signed and was installed in the spring of 2012.

What are Howard's future goals in his fledgling business? "I want to continue to build my business, of course," says Howard, "and I really love production. The actor and technician in me really enjoys the shooting and editing parts of this business, and I want to do more of that."

"If there's one thing I've learned, besides the value of hard work and vision from my father," says Howard, "it's that creativity is important in all aspects of life...even the so-called business side. I like finding new and inventive ways to do things."

Howard Hong
Draper UT

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


MAKING MONEY
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?
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
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.
TRAINING & SUPPORT
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!
STUDIO EQUIPMENT
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.
FINANCIAL GOALS
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.
CREATIVE GOALS
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.
TRANSITIONS
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.
FUNDING
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!

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