Today we’d like to introduce you to Forrest Tuff.
Forrest, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Atlanta, a preacher’s kid (PK), and the 2nd of five siblings. I believe my passion for telling stories through a lens came from my mother. She always captured photos and videos of us as kids with her one-time use, Kodak cameras and coveted VHS camcorder. I’ll never forget the look of excitement on her face when my dad bought her the camcorder for Christmas.
In high school, I lettered in three sports, (like my father) and had dreams of playing in the NBA. However, I was also like my mother and became the videographer at my father’s church. Unbeknownst to me, this would be the foundation for my future career.
I attended Western Carolina University on a full-ride basketball scholarship and majored in Sport Management. Ironically, I never worked a day professionally as an athletic trainer or NBA player. I took jobs in sales and retail management and finally came full circle, as the Media Director for my father’s church. I remember using Windows Movie Maker to create a slideshow/movie for our church anniversary.
Although I did it for fun, everyone loved it. Several people asked me what I charged for my services. That one question sparked an idea that lead to the creation of One Vision Productions.
Has it been a smooth road?
Being an entrepreneur is very empowering but that liberation comes at a great cost. Initially, my challenge was defining my company’s direction, finding clientele, marketing my business, and managing my finances. Oftentimes, I would strategically perform free work for organizations to earn their business. I believe faith, strategy, and patience are integral to the success or failure of your company. Fortunately, I had the guidance, support and advice of my parents who have been business owners for 35 years.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with One Vision Productions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
One Vision Productions is an award-winning multimedia company that specializes in video production, aerial drone services, corporate branding, film, photography, and graphic design. We are known for our creativity, innovative solutions, professionalism, customer service, and ability to meet deadlines.
We are a recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Customer Service and were named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
I am exceptionally proud of my staff and contractors who give 100% on every project. We also give back to the community through volunteering and our Pay It Forward community initiative. This initiative allows us to give financial donations to nonprofits, educational and faith-based organizations.
I recently co-produced and directed a film in conjunction with The U.S. Attorney’s Office (NDGA) entitled, “RELEASED.” The film, which features Governor Nathan Deal, focuses on reducing recidivism and possible solutions. For more information visit www.releasedthemovie.com.
Our company culture is not solely built on monetary achievement but how we achieve our money. I believe integrity, respect for others, and a passion to serve is important in building a business. It also doesn’t hurt to have good legal representation.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I really admire the strong support base and supportive political climate for minority entrepreneurs in Atlanta. There are thriving opportunities to work in Atlanta’s “billion dollar” film industry. With that being said, I’m not too fond of our traffic.
- Website: www.onevisprod.com
- Phone: 678.754.2882
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best & Brightest