In just six months, two Temple University sophomores and their buddy from Purdue University built themselves a sustainable business.
They call it Obie Media LLC, a wedding and corporate video production company run by Chief Executive Officer Skyeler O’Brien, KLN ’20; Chief Technology Officer Harrison Miller, ENG ’20; and Chief Operating Officer Jacob Irvin.
“We know now that we have a job after college,” said O’Brien, who incorporated the business in November while maintaining a full-time commitment to Klein College, majoring in media studies and production and specializing in new media.
The Boyertown-area resident said he arrived at Temple with some experience in video production, thanks to a mentor in high school. He and his partners sank about $15,000 from freelance video gigs and odd jobs to set up their company and buy state-of-the-art cameras and production equipment.
Miller, of Bally, Pennsylvania, is a self-described “technology buff” who has been friends with O’Brien and Irvin since they were students at Boyertown Area High School. Though he said he was skeptical at first when O’Brien pitched the business idea, Miller said he has come to embrace the hard work and long hours shooting and editing video in a variety of styles and venues.
“It’s so rewarding to see the final product and be part of an industry that allows you to purse so many different avenues” creatively, he said.
Aside from wedding videos that, depending on the client’s taste, can blend documentary and cinematic elements, the company’s portfolio also includes corporate videos, fitness training videos and radio station promotional videos.
While balancing college and a CEO role, O’Brien works as a production specialist on the board of SNJ Millennials, a nonprofit based in Williamstown, New Jersey, that offers networking for young business professionals.
To put it simply, he said: “I’m working more than full-time.”