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Ep004 - Michael Dyrland, aerial cinematographer and entrepreneur

Mike's drone content is one of my favorite things on Instagram

When I was first deciding to start the podcast, Mike was one of those people I reached out to in the beginning stages.  One of his two Instagram accounts, @dprones, is chock full of incredible content that I originally wanted to license from him.  Mike definitely licenses out his content so if you want to see more, check out his website.  His original Instagram account is @dyrlandproductions.

The plan was to take one of the incredibly beautiful but also eerie clips of a PNW forest and create a sort of introductory video about myself.  Something really personal to offer a look into me and where I'm coming from.  This would serve as an icebreaker for any audience member who doesn't know me personally but is checking out the podcast.  Obviously the idea was scrapped.  But the possibility of using content from Mike's catalog is always alive.

That is one of the lessons I learned from the last few years of freelance design.  Using assets or stock imagery from other contributors doesn't necessarily make you a lazy designer.  It opens up a completely different method of creation. Of course it is always more desirable to create your own content, 100% from the ground up.  This is definitely the case when creative freedom is given without concession.

The reason I wanted to interview Mike was because I have a lot of respect for the way he promotes himself and lets his content do the talking.  He's organized and on top of his portfolio, always updating it and keeping the newest content at the forefront.  Jumping into the drone industry takes a significant investment and planning is key.  Sometimes it is easy to fall into the line of thinking of simply producing better equipment will inevitably cause better content creation.  That is not necessarily the case and I wanted to ask Mike the simple questions about adding a drone to your arsenal.  There were plenty of little things I would have glossed over or learned the hard way.  That isn't necessarily a bad thing except drones are spendy.

Another reason I wanted to interview Mike was because of a project he completed called Haz-Mat Surfing.  Please check out his website and our episode to learn more about this PSA style project that caught the eye from some major publishing giants.

Check out our episode and let us know what you think.  Thanks for checking out the blog!

- CM