“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” - MLK Jr.
It's easy to get caught up in the rat race as a company in our fast-paced industry. Often we find ourselves coming back to Dr. King's "persistent and urgent question" as a crew.
How can we do work that feeds our souls and not just our pocketbooks?
How can we use what we're good at to help our community?
How and where do we start?
Enter, David's Harp Foundation. Founded in 2010, David's Harp helps “at-risk” and homeless youth achieve academic success through music production and sound engineering in San Diego, California. After one meeting with Brandon Steppe, David's Harp's founder, we knew there was an opportunity for a special partnership.
Within 2 weeks of our first meeting with Brandon, we outlined the framework for the partnership and had session one. We get to hang out with the David's Harp students at our studio every other week. During our time together they learn the in's and out's of what it's like to produce commercial and original films. As a bonus, we get to learn what's cool and "fire" these days with the young people.
Building trust, having a fluid curriculum, and being available has been the foundation of our first couple meetings. We just wrapped our third session and so far the experience has been above and beyond our wildest expectations. It's opened us up to the lives and stories of youth that are trying to bust their asses to better themselves. It's given us a deeper reason to work and added motivation to do projects that will make them proud.
The story that we are writing here is just beginning. It’s a story that is being written by a collaboration of people at different stages in their lives, with the willingness and honesty to serve one another. It’s a story that will share each other’s successes, defeats, laughter, tears, and working together to create content that helps open our hearts to love just a little bit more.