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Featured Studio Owner

Arthur Bradshaw
Home Video Studio - Suffolk

Date: 12/08/2015


Arthur Bradshaw is well into his sixth year as a Home Video Studio owner. He was studio owner of the month about two and a half years ago and has been selected as the December 2015 Owner of the Month as well. Arthur is a consistent top performer and a charter member of our elite Seven Stars circle. Besides the previously published awards for Best Company Promo, Best Documentary, and Best Studio Tag has since won the Cut and Paste Award and Best Use of Green Screen awards at the annual Hanleys as well. He is also seeing success as an early adopter of Digital Video Archive, or DVA for short, the new way to view and share video content. Here is his original story. An update is provided at the end of this article.

The Suffolk VA area is rich in history. Between the American Revolution, The Civil War and even a trading post dating back to 1608 this area is a cradle of many events that shaped our country. But Suffolk's richest culture lies with her people, and Arthur Bradshaw, one of her native sons, daily works in his Home Video Studio to ensure the preservation and memories of this heritage by providing 'Video Services for Everyone". Meet Arthur Bradshaw, Home Video Studio owner from Suffolk VA and our July Studio Owner of the Month.

"This is the area I grew up in and love," says Arthur. "I knew that after college there was no place else I wanted to be. So I chose to return and make my life here. I have family here and a deep appreciation for all the wonderful people of this area." Arthur attended high school in Suffolk, then attended Coker College, a liberal arts college in South Carolina as a biology major. "People ask me if I majored in biology because I wanted to be a dentist like my dad," muses Bradshaw, "but really it was more like I had to pick a major and biology - starting with a 'B' - was near the top of the list." But Arthur did excel in his scientific classes, learning the importance of discipline, attention to detail and how systems worked together. He even began master's classes in endocrinology.

But Bradshaw had a few other passions as well. One was being creative and working with video. "I was always making slideshows for friends," says Arthur, "and my buddies and I made little movies, and I enjoyed the process of conceptualizing a story, shooting it, and especially editing." He also met a pretty girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with - and so he took a position with a leading multi-national distributor of industrial supplies, equipment, and other commercial items.

Arthur spent ten years in this position and learned many skills that would suit him later on. He learned to be a self-starter and made "getting the job done" a way of life to personally meet the needs of his clients. But he also knew that it was time to heed a voice inside him. "I knew I had always pictured myself having my own business and it felt like time," says Bradshaw. "I was thankful for the skills I had developed but I still wanted to try doing something for myself in a creative field."

Plus, as he looked around at the corporate world he sensed a certain uneasiness. Acquisitions. Closings. Layoffs. "I know I am not immune to the things that life hands you," says Arthur, "but I at least want to handle things on my own terms." So Bradshaw began looking at business opportunities. It wasn't long before Arthur's wife, as wives often do, found the answer.

"One day Brenda saw an opportunity on the web for Home Video Studio ownership. I filled out some information, got a phone call, attended a webinar and before long I was on the road to owning my own video business."

In June of 2010 Arthur opened his studio on a part-time basis. Less than a year later he made a big decision and went full-time in April of 2011 - as he had planned and on his own terms. In a very short time Arthur has excelled at his new life. He is frequently among the top income earners of Home Video Studio. And creatively he has won Best Company Promo, Best Documentary, Best Studio Tag, and The Rising Star Award at the Hanley Awards, an international award ceremony for video excellence.

Was Home Video Studio a good decision for Arthur Bradshaw? "This truly is like a family," says Arthur, "and, like a family, I can always count on support when I need it - from the home office to other owners in Home Video Studio."

All his life Arthur has been preparing for success in his business. He has learned creativity, attention to detail, getting the job done, knowing his clientele, asking for support when he needs it, and giving support when others need it. We have a feeling Arthur Bradshaw will be a success well into the future.

We caught up with Arthur in the throes of a busy holiday season and he was gracious enough to spend some time giving us an update on his life as a Home Video Studio owner.

MHVS: After 5 1/2 years what do you think is your most valuable asset in running your business? Why do people purchase your products?
AB: My most valuable asset is being able to provide great customer service along with great products.

MHVS: What’s your favorite part of your business?
AB: My favorite part of the business is being able to put a smile on peoples' faces once they see video footage or pictures from film and negatives that they have not seen in a long time or never have seen.

MHVS: What’s your favorite profit center?
AB: My favorite profit center is film transfer. There is often a lot of history in the film we bring in and there are interesting stories to go along with it.

MHVS: Do you have any big plans for the immediate future?
AB: I am currently working on moving my studio out of my house and into a retail location. I am hoping to be in my new studio by mid-2016. This will be a welcome transition, as I need more space for the business.

MHVS: What has surprised you lately as you go about running your business?
AB: Recently I had a customer tell me she has been meaning to come see me for a while. When she came in she had a folder with virtually every mailing or advertising piece since I have been in business. She was hanging on to my info for just the right time.

MHVS: What, in Arthur Bradshaw’s opinion, does it take to thrive as a studio owner?
AB: To thrive as a studio owner you need a positive attitude, be willing to work hard, and follow the plan. Once you are in for a while sometimes things may get stagnant, so you need to step back, take a breath and get back to the basics.

MHVS: Any special days or events that stick out in your career so far?
AB: A day that sticks out is in April of 2011, when I decided to make this a full time career after only nine months of being in the franchise. I also remember the feeling of my first Hanley award. It was great to be honored for a piece of my work.

Arthur Bradshaw
Suffolk VA

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