Meet Cinematographer & Film Maker Ishell Vaughan

Film maker and cinematographer Ishell Vaughan shares valuable advice for those looking to emerge in the competitive industry as he discusses just what it takes to succeed.

Dedication And Sacrifice

Secret Society Motion Pictures has cemented its position as one of the leading names in the music video industry.

But the success has certainly not come without a significant amount of dedication and sacrifice from the team behind the business.

Although they have achieved a remarkable amount during their time in the industry so far, the team never forgets where it all started and the level of work it has taken to reach the current situation.

Ishell Vaughan is a professional filmmaker, cinematographer, and the founder and owner of Ishell Vaughan Films.

Ishell represents one-third of the founding members of Secret Society Motion Pictures.

Back in the late 2000s, they could never have fathomed that this company would grow to what it is today. They were just three guys scrambling to manage an unforeseen workload, while undoubtedly gaining major popularity in the tri-state and surrounding areas. 

Today Nimi Hendrix, Denity and Ishell not only shoot the majority of your favorite artists’ music videos, but they also run the most intuitive film internship program.

Demanding Industry

It is a hugely demanding industry – but as the three guys have proved, with hard work, patience and consistency, anything is possible.

Far too often, people and businesses will give up on their dreams when faced with adversity. 

But the key is to continue striving forward in the face of difficulties. It is only by doing that will a vision turn into reality.

Ishell also has crucial advice for young entrepreneurs or anybody who wants to emerge in the industry.

The biggest advice he can give anybody is to ‘keep going’. He urges them to just keep going, no matter what is going on and to not stop for anything or anyone.

It is hugely important advice that individuals around the world should take note of if they want to capitalize on the opportunities that they have to achieve their dreams.

Valuable Lessons

However, despite the remarkable level of success for Ishell and Secret Society Motion Pictures, there have also been many lessons learned along the way.

The most valuable lesson he has learned throughout the years is that you can’t be afraid to fail.

When Ishell first started filming he had no idea what he was doing, but he would have never learned from his mistakes if he did not make them.

For Ishell, the biggest success he has achieved in his life is simply being able to wake up every day and do what he loves. 

He highlighted that there are a lot of people out there that have the freedom or ability to chase their dream. 

Getting to this level in his career took a lot of hard work and discipline – and without that, there would not have even been any accolades. 

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