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Featured Studio Owner


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Date: 05/19/2015

Besides working for yourself, doing what you love, and making money there are other side benefits to being a Home Video Studio owner. You may have noticed that the word "friend" has taken on a rather loose definition these days, and we're proud to say that Home Video Studio is populated with people who exemplify true friendship. Andy Conte, a studio owner in Nutley NJ, is "friend" of HVS in every sense of the word. Andy has been a studio owner for nearly fourteen years and takes on a kind of "big brother" role as a guy who is loyal, supportive, and can be counted on.

When asked what trait is absolutely essential for a studio owner to thrive Conte says without hesitation, "The willingness to go the extra mile for your customer. Get them to believe that you are the "Go To" person for all things video!!" Knowing Andy's heart of service, his infectious laugh, and his dedication to excellent work it's easy to see why he has customers that have kept coming back all these fourteen years. Andy Conte just makes you feel good.

A New Jerseyan through and through Conte grew up and attended high school not far from where he lives now. Upon graduation from college as a Psychology major and a Communications minor young Andy took a job as a High School teacher and spent twenty-five years in education teaching subjects as diverse as Math, English, Religion, Physical Education, and then became a Guidance Counselor. But one thing stayed with him from his time studying Communications in college, and Andy decided to spearhead a Radio and Television Production Department. Bringing in his own equipment and getting donations of equipment for others he built his school's first production studio and became the teacher of Radio and TV Production. "I loved the teaching part of my career," says Conte. "I loved my kids and the chance to see them learn and grow, and I wouldn't change a thing about it."

But starting his own video and production business was beginning to look attractive to an ambitious guy like Andy. The question was "how?" "One of the things our department did was shoot and edit our football games. Well, I was getting pretty good at it and got to thinking, 'I'll bet a guy could make a little money at this'." Not long after Conte saw an ad for a business opportunity in Videomaker magazine. He called Robert Hanley and in June of 2001 attended a Show N Tell in Indianapolis.

Conte signed on without hesitation. "For me it was a no-brainer," says Andy, "with the right model and guidance I knew I could be successful at this. Plus the idea of being my own boss really looked good to me by that time."

Speaking of "that time" the time between Andy's Basic Training (August 2001) and his installation and opening (November of 2001) was significant as the towers of the World Trade Center, practically visible from Andy's house, came crashing down one September morning. Like most Americans it was a time for Andy to look inward and test his mettle, particularly in light of starting a business and the uncertainty, he knew, that people had about spending money in times of crisis.

"I was committed to this business, so I braced myself for the inevitable change, knowing things would never quite be the same," says Andy. "9/11, in a very real way, showed me that change is the only thing we can count on. Things change all the time, whether it's world events, or laws, or tape formats, or analog to digital."

Conte started part-time, teaching during the day and running his business at night. Then he found he could flip and began teaching part-time and doing his business full-time. Then in June of 2003 Andy put a quarter of a century of teaching behind him and devoted his time exclusively to his Home Video Studio.

Nearly fourteen years later Andy has made money with video, made many friends and customers with video, and made some award winning videos at Home Video Studio's Annual Hanley Awards, including Best Photo Video Keepsake, Best Use of Audio, and the Rising Star Award. And speaking of the Hanleys, guess who coined the phrase "The Hanleys" lo all those years ago? Indeed, it was Andy Conte. He also MC's the entire event each year at the Annual Getaway!

After fourteen years Conte has some advice for younger studio owners. "Follow through and be consistent, keep up with technology, and be ready to get on board with change. Just think," laughs Andy, "when I started it was VHS to VHS transfers and hardly any small businesses had a website. People weren't making buying decisions online, that's for sure. All my advertising money went to the Yellow Pages and Val-Pak."

For advice, for support, for help, Home Video Studio is full of great people, and one of the greatest is Andy Conte. It's great to have a "big brother" like him around.


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"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.
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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.


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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