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Meet Kamryn Harris of Ryn Productions in Midtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kamryn Harris.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kamryn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, an only child forced a level of creativity and stretched my imagination at an early age. I would draw, write poems, stories and songs and share them with my friends and family. Throughout middle school and high school, I gravitated towards graphic design and computer science. The two always felt very connected to me, despite the siloed way they were taught. When it came time to decide on which university and major, I would pursue, I anchored my search around programs that could support both my creative passion for design as well the technical passion for computer science. I decided to attend Georgia Institute of Technology which offered a Computational Media degree (CM) that combined both of my interests. While working on my Bachelor’s degree I was able to explore different careers at the intersection of Liberal Arts (graphic design) and Technology (computer science). It also was the catalyst for me to start my digital media company, Ryn Productions.

During my sophomore year at Georgia Tech, I began receiving many requests to make promotional videos, logos, flyers and other media for organizations across campus. I did most of this work without compensation because I loved what I was doing. With the request growing and establishing a recognizable brand, my freelance work eventually turned into my current LLC.

Art and Technology have truly inspired all of my opportunities. From my internships in User Experience design and Software Engineering at Apple, to the videography and design work I do with Ryn Productions, everything is connected. After receiving my Bachelor’s, I decided to continue my education at Georgia Tech and pursue my Masters in Digital Media. I knew this would help me hone in on the theory and context and give me additional tools and knowledge to apply in my future endeavors.

I never know where an opportunity or project will take me. I simply lean into my passions, knowing I have them for a reason, and I commit to give each project my very best. My love for music and film at an early age inspired my pursuit of directing music videos. Trusting that I could tell stories through this medium, I was able to direct the album visual “Lil Gardener” that has won awards in multiple film festivals. Regardless of the outcome, leaning in to my passions have also helped me say yes to large design projects from clients such as Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT).

Currently, Ryn Productions offers both design and video services to clients across the country. I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have had because I know they prepare me for what is to come.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think one of my biggest struggles has been managing the feeling of imposter syndrome in my different pursuits. Having a broad spectrum of talents and services is a blessing and learning experience. It has forced me to constantly push past my comfort zone of what I think I can accomplish. For example, I could be working on several design projects but have a hard time considering myself a designer. I would think “I’m not really a graphic designer, I don’t know enough like the designers from art school.” Or as I work on different video projects, I internally question my knowledge as a director because I didn’t go to film school like people, I encounter who work in this space.

This internal battle has been one that I’ve had to really fight through because I know it has hindered me from taking on projects in the past. It is one that I’ve heard many of my peer’s battle with and it keeps people from starting a project out of fear. I hope to encourage others that fear has no real power unless we give it our energy. And the best way to get over it is to go through it and to just start.

Tell us about your company. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
Ryn Productions is a digital media agency that provides visual branding services and videography services. We specialize in logo design, event branding, marketing publications (business cards, letterheads, flyers, etc.), as well as event videography, promotional videos, and motion graphics. It is essentially a one stop shop for getting your visual brand established. One of the things that I am most proud of is establishing the entire visual brand for the Management Leadership of Tomorrow 15th Anniversary Conference and Gala. This was a large project that led to an extended partnership with the organization.

What sets my company apart from others is my knowledge and involvement in different industries. I am able to provide a wide range of services because I have worked in different fields and value the transferable skills I get from each experience. I have worked in the non-profit sector, at a law-firm, a large tech company, a university research institution, and in the entertainment industry. Each experience was different and valuable in its own way. By keeping my why and my vision in mind, I’m able to draw a line that connects all these experiences together.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
As previously stated, I believe nothing is a matter of chance. I realize that what is for me, is for me and each opportunity is purposefully placed in my path. I’ve been blessed with gaining clients through referrals and positive reception when I offer my services. I think opportunities fall in place because of the preparation I received in my previous efforts. As I continue to do business, I must keep in mind that when things don’t work out as planned, there must be a better way I haven’t seen yet.

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