Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Givins.
Hi Ryan, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Long Story short, I moved to Atlanta Five years ago in pursuit of a rap career. While on that journey I landed in Jermaine Dupri’s studio to record a song due to a friend everyone in Atlanta know l’s by the name of “Lil baller” and I had my personal camera with me. There was a Dj in the studio by the name of “Kyra Chaos” that needed to be filmed urgently and she noticed my camera. She instantly asked me could I film something for her I tried to get out of it but she wouldn’t let me. I shot and edited her interview she like it and the rest is history.
Five years later, I have a growing company and I’ve filmed for excecutives like Paris Baldwin, Carlos King, Markus Burns, Earl Barlow love and hip hop Viacom and more. All this came about from hard work, prayer and being a good person I believe. I had no schooling on film or being a director it was just a natural god given gift that I’m still fine-tuning ’til this day.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely hasn’t been a smooth road but I’m enjoying the journey. You learn so much about others and yourself while dream chasing and that I’m definitely greatful for. As far as struggles it’s an up and down buisness so you have to stay patient and positive during the downtimes until it turns around. Also, there are many different personalities you have to adjust to in this industry and that can be a big challenge but by god’s grace I’ve managed thus far lol!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Well, I’m mainly a director/camera operator of all visual presentations. I also dp(director of photography) I’m mainly known for music videos and my documentary work. Be sure to check out “bmf blackface” on YouTube or Amazon prime. I’m most proud of myself for just being able to support myself and never giving up that is bigger than any production I’ve been a part of I think. But I’m also proud of being a camera operator on love and hip hop ATL season 9 and 10 I filmed a few scenes that ended up going viral so that was exciting. What sets me apart from others as of right now is my eye for setting up cinematic shots. I feel like I have a natural artistic eye that many creatives have to develop over time that I have naturally. That creative look does a lot for my work and attracts new clients constantly.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I have lots of people that helped me on my journey this far! And many people I observed and learned things from Man so many to name but I’ll name a few if I forgot I’m sorry! Lol my mother and father of course, God! My family back home. Entire love and hip hop crew! Earl Barlow, Stephanie Mickens, Paris Baldwin, Jacinda Rentrope, Jamail Shelton, Kessmond Legree, Lil Baller, Jermaine Dupri, Robin Kimber all my friends from Missouri Markus burns Lynn Tate, Tabius Tate, lance ito interstate Knox, Chris Hayes, Jerk Johnson, Kahsan Boykin, Lance Ito, the list goes on and on again if I forgot anyone I’m sorry!
- Email: Directorryangivins@gmail.com
- Website: www.Directorryangivins.com
- Instagram: @ryangivins
- Youtube: https://youtu.be/fQokIgCl3ME