Entrepreneur Spotlight: Basement Movement
Part of our work here at HTM Communications is to inspire and be inspired by entrepreneurs.
HTM Communications would like to introduce to you our first featured entrepreneur, Brett Burton, of Boston Massachusetts. Brett is the co-founder to Basement Movement, which is a "community that aims to educate and inspire through music, art, media, and events." They have generated a strong following since they launched just over a year ago. Brett and his team have inspired many, including us at HTM Communications, to become more aware and involved with the local art and underground music we have right here in Boston.
One of their events we will be co-sponsoring is their 'Sunset Cruise with Ardalan' on May 17th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Boston. If you like good music, good vibes, a GREAT view of your favorite city and good people-- we suggest you attend. For more information, you can check out their Facebook Event here. Event tickets can be purchased here.
To learn more about Brett, check out our interview with him in which we discuss his business and thoughts on taking the entrepreneurial route.
Tell us about your company:
Basement Movement is a young event & media production company based in Boston, Ma. We produce and edit videos, plan and produce events and work with local creatives to help further their respective passions/endeavors.
What was your background prior to starting Basement Movement?
I graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelors in Finance & Operations. Shortly after graduating, I worked in the operations dept. of a building materials distributor for a little over a year. After that, I worked as a Business Development Rep for a technology sales company for two years.
What was the tipping point that led you to entrepreneurship?
I have always wanted to run my own business. My father has owned his own company since before I was born so my desire to follow his lead is what initially pushed me towards this path. After graduating college, it was just a matter of dialing in on my passions, facing fears, and timing.
What roadblocks did you overcome to reach the point that you are at today?
There have been many bumps in the road but I guess the primary roadblock for us has been a lack of funding. Overcoming this came down to networking and being resourceful. Although it was at times stressful, I'm happy we have taken this approach. It allows us to maintain full creative control over all of our endeavors.
How would you define success in terms of entrepreneurship?
My take is if you're happy then you're succeeding. Not much more to it.
What are your plans for the future?
That's a loaded question! In general, for Basement Movement, the plan is to pursue higher-budget projects. If executed properly, this will open more doors for us. As for me, I plan on traveling a lot in the next few years. Nothing provides better inspiration for me than changes in scenery.
Do you have any advice for up and coming entrepreneurs?
A trusted friend recently told me that in the first 2-3 years of most creative endeavors, your revenue comes in the form of awareness. With that in mind, stay driven, be patient and never be afraid to ask someone more experienced than you for advice.