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Featured Studio Owner

Jack Bara
Home Video Studio - Norcross

Date: 05/01/2014

Here at Home Video Studio we are proud to see our ranks filled with studio owners who have the vision and tenacity to rise above the norm. Such is the case with our May Studio Owner of the Month. Meet Jack Bara, our owner in Norcross GA.

Jack was born and raised in Weirton, West Virginia. If you look at a map you'll see that Weirton is in that very slim part of the state that's literally a few minutes' drive from either Ohio or Pennsylvania. If you went there, especially in the seventies, you'd see there was a slim chance of anyone rising above the circumstances of a company steel town just outside of Pittsburgh.

"It was a dirty steel town," says Jack, "and it was just kind of a given that you were going to work in a steel mill." In fact that's where Jack's dad, his uncles, and his brothers worked. But Jack had different ideas. He was twelve years old when his father passed away and he saw his mother work three jobs to support the family. That's when he decided he would strive to reach his dreams.

Bara did well in high school and became the first person on either side of his family to enter, let alone graduate, from college when he enrolled at West Virginia University. Although Jack was creative and had a penchant for art he was persuaded not to become an art major. "If I wanted to stay poor I might as well work in the steel mill," laughs Bara. So he became a chemical engineering major. Finding out quickly that this wasn't his bag he finally got on a business track and graduated with a degree in business administration, as well as fulfilling his training as an ROTC officer.

Life got real for Bara upon graduation when he began his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army stationed in California. "This was where I got my first life experience," asserts Jack, "and it has been valuable to me my whole career." This was the early seventies and Viet Nam was in full swing. "The army was not a fun place to be at that time." says Bara. "I had all strata of people that I had to work with - from unhappy career officers above me to soldiers returning with problems and many with addictions." From this experience, difficult as it was, Jack learned how to relate and communicate with people - no matter the environment. He left the Army as a captain.

After the army Bara went to work for the Stephen Covey organization where he excelled for fifteen years. His expertise in designing and selling programs tailored to achieving desired results within a company culture earned him the number one spot in his area. But, as someone always looking to rise above the normal, this was beginning to look too normal: "Yes, I had some nice things and some great hobbies and interests I could afford, like sailing and motorcyles. But I was working hard and sometimes I would think 'for what?' " Sometimes Jack would make videos of his exploits and give them to his friends. Sometimes they would say, "That was good, Jack. You ought to do this for a living." Sometimes Jack, the artist from way back, thought about that.

Bara retired from the Covey Organization on top and began to leisurely look for an entrepreneurial opportunity. He saw an ad for Home Video Studio ownership in Videomaker magazine and the art and photography bug inside began to kick in. Jack knocked the idea around for awhile and finally took the next step - making a call.

"I had concerns about going it alone because I wasn't entirely confident in my abilities," says Bara, "either as a video artist or as a video studio owner. When I investigated this opportunity I was impressed at how Home Video Studio seemed to fill the spaces where I thought I lacked. I liked how I didn't have to reinvent the wheel or learn things the hard way because there's a support network of people who have been through most everything."

Jack Bara is wrapping up his third year as a Home Video Studio owner and just had his best month ever. As a business owner he is challenged daily in ways that summon all his prior training and experience - from people skills to marketing to sales to administration to creative thought. He is also rewarded in a way that comes from running your own show. "By far the most rewarding aspect of this enterprise is the deep satisfaction of helping people in such a personal way," says Bara.

Jack, never one to settle for normal, has some big goals for the future. He already realized one goal when he moved into a nice storefront in a historic part of town. Next? "I want to get more corporate work and I think that will come as I work on my presence in the community and become known as the go-to video guy. I also am active in the area's arts council and this area is becoming a big Hollywood site for movie shooting."

If the past is any indication we expect to see Jack grow and excel beyond the norm for many years to come!

Jack Bara
Norcross GA

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