21 year old Chloe Watt has taken a leap of faith that has paid off and she is soon to set sail on the trip of a lifetime.
Having always had a passion for photography and video, the North Haven small business woman fulfilled her ambition before completing her studies.
“Film has always been my career goal throughout school and once I started Uni I realised this was what I was meant to do. I also realised that you don’t necessarily have to finish Uni to start living your dream now. So I started my business and applied the skills I was learning,” Watt said.
Watt’s production company, fourteen 92 productions celebrated its third birthday last month and to mark the occasion, Watt accepted an offer for her dream job.
“I’ve just been offered a job working as a videographer aboard Princess Cruises. My goal is to maximise my time onboard, by learning as much as possible and gaining experience, so that when I come back home I can incorporate those skills into fourteen 92 productions,” she said.
But before her big break on a major cruise line, Watt was photographing birthdays, film festival premieres and Australian superstar, Jessica Mauboy.
“In the beginning it was just the odd event here and there; simple gigs turned into regular occurrences and repeat business from clients. Opening night festivities led to film premieres, including The Sapphires Adelaide Premiere, where I photographed Jessica Mauboy,” she said.
Starting from the ground level, the ambitious young impresario worked to build her business through commitment, which led to recommendations, which led to high profile jobs.
“A simple product photo shoot for a business turned into a logo design, a recommendation to another business to photograph their products and design their advertisement, which was then published into two issues of Brides of Adelaide,” she said.
“As my skills and confidence progressed, I filmed two weddings and expanded my types of photography to include family, sports carnivals, parties and events. I’ve also expanded the business to include graphic design, which covers party decorations, invitation design, greeting cards and nursery/kid’s room posters.”
In the three short years fourteen 92 productions has been operating, Watt has been published in the State’s most prominent publications and become popular on various social media platforms.
The business savvy artist has had her photos and designs published in The Sunday Mail, InDaily Website, The City Magazine and Brides of Adelaide Magazine; such designs are now available for purchase.
“My biggest expansion has been opening an online store on Etsy, enabling my photos and designs to be seen and purchased globally. I’ve also expanded the business on Social Media. Besides Facebook (which just cracked 1000 likes) the business can now be found on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube,” Watt said.
fourteen 92 productions offers a range of services such as photography, design, video, greeting cards, invitations and party decorations.
In a short time, the UniSA graduate of a Bachelor of Media Arts, Film & Television has achieved what many people only dream about and she said she owes that to perseverance and passion.
“If you’re passionate about what you love, you’ve just got to keep your head down and work hard and one day you will get there. Success doesn’t just happen overnight, it can take years before you get to where you want to be, but if you believe in yourself, you will make it,” she said.
Chloe Watt sets sail on Princess Cruises at the end of the year, but until then, she is available for all of your photography, design and film production needs.