Director / Producer
Owner of Digital DK
I knew early on that I wanted to work for myself so I started my own company, Digital DK, at the age of 21 with a strong desire to produce fun, challenging and ambitious projects. Having close to 17 years in the graphic design, motion graphics, animation and post-production industries, I bring a multi-faceted ability and approach toward my directing career.
Like most creatives, I love movies, video games, music, comics etc … but my true passion is anything automotive.
1. How did you come to Oklahoma City? And more importantly, why do you stay?
Born and raised in OKC (Technically Norman).
While I think my career could have taken a faster path to success in a larger market, you just can’t beat the cost of living in Oklahoma.
With all the brilliant technology available today I’m able to work with clients all over the country. Where you live and operate a business isn’t quite as important as it used to be … If you’re talented, easy to work with, and charge a fair price – you can work with anyone, anywhere.
2. Who was your greatest mentor?
Creatively I haven’t had a mentor in the traditional sense. I’ve always trudged my own path in that regard. However, from a business perspective my father has definitely been my greatest mentor.
Having been a successful software business owner for years, my father has always been my go to guy for business advice. While he is more a gun-slinger risk-taker than me, his advice is always helpful … and trust me, you need a mentor you can trust if you plan on owning your own business.
3. Which project are you most proud of? Please explain why?
Right now I think I would say I’m most proud of our piece opening the 2012 OKC ADDY awards.
2012 OKC ADDY Awards Show Intro from Steve Jones on Vimeo.
Having free reign creatively plus matched up with an incredible team allowed us to do some pretty different and “Cool” things with the project.
Being part of the custom music creation with OKC native rapper Jabee, shooting in some of OKC’s unknown nooks and crannies, orchestrating a live delivery of the music at the event … all aspects came together to make an awesome and rewarding project.
4. What is one thing other creatives can learn from your biggest success and/or failure?
Success – You’ve got to have an incredible work ethic. It makes you easy to work with and inspires your team to try harder. Be humble but confident … No one likes a know-it-all. Set goals – both professionally and personally and kick your own ass if you don’t reach those goals.
Failure – As creatives we tend to keep to ourselves. Generally, we suck at selling ourselves. I’m the worst at self promotion and getting myself out there. Maybe I should set a goal for that.
5. If you could play a game with any creative in the community, what would it be and whom would you play against?
I would play a ruthless game of Risk with Brian Winkeler, Kathleen Shannon, Simon Hurst, Brett Grimes and Casey Twenter.
Tequila shot for every F-bomb dropped during the game.
6. What is one thing you would change about your job or profession?
Be gone deadlines….
7. What is your best source of inspiration?
I source inspiration from a ton of sources – movies / music videos for lighting, comics for composition, music for editing ideas. But, the single best source is jumping on Vimeo and viewing what your peers are working on … there is SO much talent out there and the community really presses me to go bigger and try harder.