OUR TEAM AND CULTURE
A calling? Or the challenge we give ourselves? Either way, each one of us is here because we have something to prove to ourselves and the doubters who don't think it's possible.
We're here to be a part of something bigger than any one of us could do alone.
And we're here to build something that represents who we are and what we stand for; something we're proud to put our name on.
It was 2006: Facebook was a cool new thing, Myspace was still hot, and Google hadn't bought YouTube yet.
Let me paint a picture of Phanta Media's start. I was 23, my wife and I had a 3-month-old at home, and I quit my $45k a year job - our only source of income.
And so brimming with excitement and hope I started the company working from a basement office I got off a friend.
For the first bit, Phanta Media only focused on corporate video, it was just me, a guy with a few lights and a camera that shot video on tape.
I had no office furniture so everything was on the floor in piles around the edge of the room.
And as it turned out I didn't even have enough money to live above the poverty line (the first year our house-hold income dipped so low that we were put on government support).
Since 2006 I've learned a lot of hard lessons, first being that while starting things is really, really hard, keeping things going is even harder.
I know what it's like to start, to work, to get impatient and to doubt.
I know the feeling of treading water. When you pour everything into it and you get a little win, just to have it ripped away from you.
I know what it's like to face setbacks, and the great recession, and to have months where things are falling apart around you.
But I also know what it's like on the other side. When you eke out little win after little win. When you string these together and build momentum that helps carry you forward. When you build a team of people you can count on and trust so you don't have to do it alone.
I know what it's like to work with people who inspire you to hit the next level. To take on new challenges. To hit new milestones that you didn't think were possible.
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What started in 2006 as a one-man corporate video company has become so much more than I thought possible. I guess my 23-year-old self didn't dream big enough. And since then, the work, awards, and money are all great, but what I'm most proud of is that we started as a scrappy company with a BS-free approach to getting results and we never lost that.
Today more than ever we're still in the trenches. There's no ego here. And that's because that original drive to produce extraordinary work, work with meaning, work that actually works - is something we've not lost along the way.
KEY COMPANY INFO
Director, Digital Strategy
Video Editor & Data Management
Founder & President
"The people at Phanta Media are brilliant."
Sandy De Domenico-Carless
"It's obvious to me as a business owner that these guys don't just go through the motions. They're putting their heart and soul into the work."
"It’s a standard that I’ve not seen in any other creative company that we’ve ever worked with."
"They listen, they are focused on telling compelling stories and they always find a way to make it happen."
"It was a lot of fun to be honest with you. From start to finish, they helped us along the way and we would definitely recommend Phanta Media."
"Phanta Media pushes us, not for the sake of their business but for the sake of ours."
"This is not a cookie-cutter company. If you’re looking for a cookie-cutter company where it’s inputs in, outputs out, go to someone else."
"From initial discovery sessions, to strategy, creative, project management, and delivery, Mark knows how to deliver projects that are on-brand, drive results and make his clients look good in the process."
"The Phanta approach, for us, was one that made us feel comfortable from day one. Being able to have a real conversation about business with somebody who really understands what you're talking about."
"Mark challenges existing ideas and is skilled at teasing out the ultimate purpose of any project."
"What it really boils down to are the people. The people at Phanta Media are just fantastic."
"They push, they challenge and they bring that innovation and creativity to each and every project. The proof is in they pudding and the results havey been superb."
"These are guys that are going to get inside your business with an authenticity that is really genuine."
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We test everything with our own money.
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