Sara Eolin, the managing director and one of the co-owners, of Rocket Film says you need to travel to learn about business, oh and always eat cheese…
What do you currently do?
I am the managing director and one of the owners of Rocket Film, a bi-coastal live-action production company working in commercials, branded content and film.
What was the inspiration behind your business?
We wanted to create a culture of creative collaboration that wholly supports directors with the best production prowess. We also believe in investing in philanthropic causes to help change and influence the world through art.
What defines your way of doing business?
Work hard and be nice to people is our guiding motto. We’re smart, honest and have a sense of humor. We have a strict no-asshole policy. Very. Strict.
Who do you admire?
There are so many people I admire. I’m grateful to so many women that have blazed this path before me and continue to build up female leaders. Kat Gordon at the 3% Conference and Emma Reeves at Free the Bid have impressed me to no end.
My personal hero who I admire above all else, is my mother. She raised 2 kids, owned a business, went to every band concert, made us eat copious amounts of broccoli and now, she is my savior everyday by helping to take care of my son. I don’t know how she did it, or does it, but she’s certainly been guided by unconditional love.
Looking back is there anything you would of done differently?
I’ve certainly become wiser along the way, and with that, learned what things are ok to compromise on, and what is not. I’ve learned that my gut is always right, and to listen to it. (Except when it’s about cheese…. Always eat the cheese!) I will always trust people until they give me a reason not to, but I may not give as much slack as I once did. I recognize the red flags of bad business from 100 paces away now.
What advice do you give someone starting out?
TRAVEL! Travel as much as possible and take every opportunity you get to travel. You learn more while travelling than at any other time, no matter how old you are. You don’t just learn about other cultures but you learn a lot about yourself and build confidence by taking chances and getting out of your comfort zone. It’s worth every ounce of time and money.