Interview with Videographer "Rory Kramer"
After struggling with depression and overcoming adversity, Rory altered his life course to pursue his passions – choosing to celebrate life and establish an authentic career at the intersection of video production, thrill-seeking and music. Rory is best described as a “professional life liver” who dedicates his time to capturing life’s precious moments. This is how the star of MTV's newest series Dare To Live introduces himself at the start of the very first episode:
"Who am I? I’ve been trying to figure that out for the longest time. I’m someone who was lost in life, who struggles with depression, and realized I needed to change my life. So I quit my job to pursue making videos and now I’m free. I’m a professional life liver. I’m a son, brother, uncle, and a friend. I’m out of control. I’m the guy from the Avicii video. I’m someone who can eat an ice cream cone in eight seconds. I’m doing what I love, traveling the world, capturing moments for some of the dopest musicians. But the best part? I’m gonna take them on these crazy adventures wherever we are."
We met Rory a few years ago at Veld Music Festival in Toronto while he was on tour with The Chainsmokers, and stayed in touch ever since. We're proud to call him a friend, and couldn't be more happy for him and the success he deserves. On his website, he notes that he's worked with a multitude of artists including 3Lau, Kanye West, Drake, Justin Bieber, and The Chainsmokers, to name a few. And this all happened because he decided to quit his desk job and pursue his video-making passion into a career.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Rory: Typical day usually depends on where I am in the world. Both mentally or physically. Sometimes I'm traveling shooting. Sometimes I'm at home writing. Could be happy. Could be sad.
But I always like to have a few staples in my day that i train my brain to be familiar with. Getting coffee. Drinking a lot of water. Breathing and decompressing.
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Rory: A lot of actual writing. I’ve been enjoying to study how I operate and writing about it. But always got a mix of videos in production.
Daily News: What was the inspiration for your career route?
Rory: Think I have start at the beginning. I fell in love with music from my older brothers and sister. My brother Terry was into anything popping… he knew the hits from the "Chronic" by Dr. Dre to "Ruby Soho" by Rancid to "Here In The Bedroom" by Goldfinger, which allowed me to discover Blink-182.
My brother Ryan was into really aggressive music like Body Count or Too Live Crew or some Nirvana or Bush or the Motley Crue – he also took me to my first concert Eve6 & Third Eye Blind.
My sister listened to the radio every morning before school or late at night and I would hang out in her room. I always remember the exciting feeling of being there with her.
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Rory: Challenging is staying inspired. You have to learn to pull ideas from when you are uninspired or what I like to call the dark times. Exciting is I am my own artist deciding what I want to create to survive.
Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Rory: That's really difficult, and what I've been struggling with recently. I have been grinding 3 years pedal to the medal and been running on fumes.
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Rory: Probably when my Dad visited me in LA nearly 8 years after moving me here. He was sitting in my room and saw The Chainsmoker plaques, the Bieber magazine cover I shot, and the hundreds of media passes from the work I've shot in the last 3 years and he told me how proud he was of me. Getting choked up thinking about that. Just reminds me of how far I've come since I was a kid.
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Rory: YES. Do you, be yourself, and be aware of what others you look up to do but don't copy them. Be kind, believe in yourself (cause no one else will as much as yourself), and do what you are chasing in life because it fulfills you, not cause of fame or money.
Daily News: Where is your favourite place to dine in your city and why?
Rory: Currently, post mates so I can chill on the couch with Croakie (Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers) and watch Stranger Things.
Daily News: What’s your most treasured possession?
Rory: My family ring.
Daily News: If you could be in someone else’s shoes for a day, who would it be?
Rory: Probably a musicians. I've always wanted to know what it's like to be really great at that because I love music so much.
Daily News: What’s your favourite country to visit and why?
Rory: Iceland. It has such crazy green cliffs and amazing waterfalls. It's all so picturesque.
Daily News: What is your greatest fear?
Rory: Not being happy.
Daily News: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Rory: A comfy couch and good thoughts.
Daily News: And lastly, what does success look like to you?
Rory: Success to me is living a life you dream of.