Overcoming Adversity, Jealousy, and Imposter Syndrome

WITH Matt Davis


Things get really vulnerable this week on the Grow Your Video Business Podcast when Matt Davis,  founder of Harvest Filmworks, Lifestage Films, AND co-founder of Studio Sherpas joins Ryan to talk  about his journey since leaving the podcast, overcoming adversity, dealing with addiction, and more.  We’ve all dealt with imposter syndrome at some point in our careers, in this episode Matt and Ryan talk  actionable tips to deal with imposter syndrome, jealousy, and how to create a business that matches the  life that you want to live.  

Key Takeaways 

Wedding work has a timestamp, it’s important to have a business strategy as you age.  

Being envious of other creator’s successes breeds unhealthy competition instead of a welcoming  community.  

One of the best ways to have a long-lasting business is to create a business that is cohesive to the  lifestyle that you want to achieve.  

About Matt 

Matt Davis is a 16 year seasoned video storyteller for luxury weddings and compelling brand films for  large businesses and corporations based in Wilmington, NC. Wife, dogs, 4 kids, ups and downs, booming economies and multiple recessions, Matt has been able to consistency evolve and grow his brands while  making a profit, but also focusing on what matters most….what his businesses provide…freedom. As a  co-founder of Studio Sherpas, the passion to speak on podcasts, at conferences and video retreats has  always allowed Matt to speak truth into the good, and not so good aspects of running a profitable video  business.  

How have you overcome adversity in your business and/or personal life? Leave a comment below to  share your story and empower others who might be going through the same things.  

In this Episode

What excites you about business? [10:20] 

Being content with your work [13:00] 

Dealing with imposter syndrome [18:30] 

Transitioning to commercial work [28:00] 

Overcoming adversity and addiction [35:00] 

Advice for those struggling [42:00] 

What are your hopes for the future? [47:00] 

Contractors vs Employees [53:00] 

Future Business Goals [54:00] 


“Be in the habit of putting stuff out there…whether you think it’s 5 or it’s really 500 people, it will make an impact.”
“I’m where I need to be, I Love the work that I get to do, I’m making money, I’m making profit, and I love what I do with a camera in my hands…”
“Just be content with what you’re creating…”
“Ego kills creativity…”
“Companies need video…what a time to be alive to be a filmmaker.”
“I was paying everything out before I could pay myself…no I know how much is going out and how much profit I want to make.”



Ryan Koral

Ryan Koral is an entrepreneur, producer and business strategist from Tell Studios, a video production agency with a big heart for authentic stories that build brands and inspire action. He’s a husband (mostly happily for like 16+ years), has 3 kiddos, and has an annoying – but infectious – laugh.

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