Meet Don Huntley
Every workplace has that one employee who will take some creative liberties on things—one who, when asked to share a fun fact for a team building exercise, will make up a story about diving a plane into the Gulf of Mexico.
Filming broadcasts and short videos of school events was an enjoyable part of his upbringing, and helped him learn the basics of video work. Even so, there was another outlet that called to him during his college years.
In addition to film chops, Don is also an accomplished musician.
“People would ask where our sixth member was,” Don said. “We’d say that we used to be a polka band but our accordion player departed, so we’re just making do the best we could.”
Don’s musical inclinations almost led him to pursue music theory at Central Michigan University. He reconsidered, however, and took up applied arts instead after thinking back to what he loved doing most in high school.
While Don likes to take a lighthearted approach to discourse with his co-workers, he takes a serious approach to client video. He’s eager to take every challenge head-on.
“It’s a balance of a systematic approach but also trying new concepts to achieve new or better results,” he said.
This creative liberty when it comes to work means considering each client’s business and goals separately.
“Everything doesn’t work for every single person. You can’t just bank on the fact that what worked for one client will work for another. There is a lot of problem solving; not the same day-in, day-out.”
Outside of work, Don has directed his passions for video and music in new directions
Screenwriting is also something Don works on in his spare time. His current goal is to produce several short, locally shot screenplays. He feels the best way to learn about how to do the whole of the work efficiently is to dive in and try it himself.
“Funning around and laughing with someone brings you back to a childhood ideal where laughing is all you do—all you do is make each other laugh,” Don said. “I try to be lighthearted with people.”