Mary Boland and her dog, Chance, live in beautiful Kittery Point, ME. When she's not making videos, she's usually hiking in the woods, soaking up the sun on the back porch, or paddle boarding. Fun and adventure are everything to her. She's a romantic and a dreamer.
She's also the bold creative force behind Anchor Hitch Media. It's a video production company that specializes in marketing videos for big and small businesses. They create a marketing asset like no other. Video is the most affective story telling and messaging tool out there, and Mary works mindfully to capture the spirit of each client she works with. She works magic behind the camera, and manifests a fair bit of magic from the Universe in her daily life, as well!
We cornered Mary and peppered her with our questions, and her responses instantly made us feel a connection to a kindred spirit. You'll see what we mean...
Daring Spirits: Tell us about a decision that felt really bold.
Mary: I thrive on bold decisions. I'm not afraid to take huge risks. This doesn't mean that I always land on my feet. I get messy a lot.
With every new video project I am walking into unknown territory. What if the client has different expectations? What if my equipment fails? What if my contractors don't show up? What if the goats eat my camera? It always feels like a gamble and there's nothing more exciting to me than that.
Every day I get the chance to be bold and agree to some new adventure in the world of digital storytelling. I have to imagine bringing these companies to life and promise them they will have a creative and inspiring end product. The only security I have is that I care a lot about my clients and my work and that hasn't failed me yet.
We create videos for companies and products that inspire us. Our favorite clients bring something new and exciting to the table. We've made videos for all kinds; dairy goat farmers, food truck owners, cyclists, artists, real estate agents, inventors, entrepreneurs and so many more.
Daring Spirits: Describe a time when things went "wrong" and then the Universe delivered.
Mary: Wow. When don't things go wrong? ha!
When I had just started out, in my early 20's, I had nothing but a laptop, some editing software, and a few friends to borrow camera equipment from if I begged. I was living in Brooklyn and I could barely pay rent. My life depended on every small contract I was completing. Everything felt like a struggle and I questioned my choice to keep working in film.
Right before a big deadline I dumped a bottle of water on my macbook pro. I had to call my client to tell her that, not only was I not going to meet the deadline, I had also lost my only tool to do so. There was silence on the phone for a few seconds and then...
...she told me to go to the SOHO Apple store and I could pick up my new macbook pro that she had ordered - it would be ready that evening. Then she asked me if there was anything else I needed.
I told her I couldn't pay her back and that I couldn't accept such a generous offer of help. She said she was happy to do it. She didn't threaten me with the deadline or tell me that I could one day pay it forward. She just offered help with no lecturing.
Needless to say I made the deadline and we are still in touch.
My lesson learned was that there are good people. There are A LOT of good people.
The universe has been looking out for me my entire life. If something goes wrong on set, I open myself up to the universe and it often delivers something even more interesting and amazing than the original plan. Sometimes there is a huge waiting period and I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and not being heard. Eventually things connect, magic happens, art happens, stories are told.
Daring Spirits: Beach or Mountains? Sweet or spicy? Window or aisle?
Mary: Beach and mountains as much as possible.
Sweet and spicy in the same bite
Window of course!
Daring Spirits: I asked Mary for a specific example of an "uh-oh" story, and I think the one she sent us is outstanding. "The universe has been looking out for me my entire life." How much easier is everything when we believe that?
Mary, thank you for your candid answers and your dedication to helping people tell their stories through video!
You can learn more at www.anchorhitchmedia.com, see their portfolio at https://vimeopro.com/anchorhitchmedia/anchor-hitch-media, and like them on Facebook.
photo: Mary Boland