Behind the Lens: Cam's Evolution

Welcome to a new episode of 'No Gatekeeping,' Meet Eric aka Cam of E&E. Learn more about his visual journey.

2/25/20244 min read

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Eric aka Cam


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E, Thank you for joining me today. As someone who has navigated challenges to turn a vision into reality, what unexpected challenges have you encountered, and how did you navigate them?

Stagnation, poor business minded decisions, I’m still figuring everything out, I learn something new and apply new strategies as I grow on this journey.

Before we dive into the specifics, could you introduce yourself and share a bit about your background and the experiences that have shaped your path in entrepreneurship?

Eric, known as Cam. Part owner of E&E, MadeintheEast. My background is HipHop, I used all my influences earlier on, in the Bronx, my fathers house parties, dj’ing having acts like slick rick come hang out, moving to Harlem, seeing how flashy people were and stumbling upon the music artist in my neighborhood (M.E.N.) shooting a video and taking a liking to the videographer holding the camera and from there I knew I wanted to film.

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What inspired you on the path of entrepreneurship, and how has that initial inspiration evolved over time?

I remember watching videos earlier on and being so happy for world premieres. My evolution since then has been wild, actually becoming a video director and now wanting to pursue film is a wild journey.

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Can you share a pivotal moment that defined your entrepreneurial journey?

When my brother decided to take the camera I bought, and film videos. I quit my job at Bestbuy after turning 25 inspired by him and everything, panning out.

How do you stay resilient in the face of setbacks, and what role does resilience play in entrepreneurial success?

It’s plays big part, it’s could make or break you. 10+ years and I’m still an option to folks who see my value. I don’t stop, I keep believing that I’m one project away from the bright lights.

How do you believe your unique background and perspective have contributed to your success as an entrepreneur?

I’m patient, I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I really care about your image when you appoint me to film for you. I aim to focus on branding and marketing when I’m working with people, how can we make this see more eyes.

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Can you share an instance where embracing a different perspective led to innovative solutions or strategies in your business?

My brother is more free range and artistic, I’m a play by the rules kind of guy. Usually when I step in to his realm, we get gold out of the production, and vice versa

Can you share a specific challenge that seemed insurmountable at the time and the steps you took to overcome it?

Recently in all my years of doing this, I had a weapon shoved in my face and robbed for my camera. Though I received back my property, I was going to stop filming. But I decided to just trim my clientele and start doing content creation.

How do you manage stress and maintain focus during challenging periods in your entrepreneurial journey?

It’s rough, I won’t sugarcoat it. But if you believe and stay the course, overtime it does get better. I’m almost there. I manage by listening to music and watching movies for inspiration.

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Can you share a time when a failure or mistake turned into a valuable learning experience for you as an entrepreneur?

I bought a camera, the next day went on a trip to Austin TX, and left it on top of a car, I learned in that moment valuables can be replaced, I enjoyed the trip with no camera but the experience was priceless.

How do you balance risk-taking with calculated decision-making to navigate uncertainties in your industry?

I have no real road map, I’d spend it all investing or taking a chance with someone I believe in. I guess only taking on what you can handle. Be vocal what works and what doesn’t for you.

As you look back, what advice would you give to your younger self when starting your entrepreneurial venture?

Focus on your passion projects more. I’d persuade younger me to pursue film earlier.


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