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Conversations with Ben Crosson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ben Crosson.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
I never imagined that I would be living here in Nashville and doing what I do today. I grew up in Colorado and was always in church. I started as a worship leader in a youth group and eventually traveled to Europe for music at the end of high school. When I came back to the states, there was a need for help on the video team at the church I grew up in, and I decided to take on this new venture.

That ultimately led to me finding a love for the videography, editing, and content creation that I do now. My wife and I felt led to move to Nashville in 2015 with a couple of friends, having never been before and without knowing anyone there. We signed an apartment lease on the drive here site-unseen and committed to the new adventure. Through similar experiences in Colorado of simply saying yes to opportunities in front of us and being faithful to what we had, we both found careers here that have steadily led to both of us landing our dream careers.

I went full freelance back in 2020 amid everything happening, which didn’t make much fiscal sense, but we knew again that it was time for a change. Jesus has been faithful to us our whole lives, and this was no different. Since starting my own business then, I’ve had the chance to travel the country and work with people I never dreamed of, and these opportunities continue to grow every day.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been moments along that way that didn’t feel smooth. My wife and I had been married just a couple of years before deciding to move to Nashville, and we had moments along the way as we were building new lives here that we thought we had made the wrong decision. But looking back on it, we can see how everything worked out and how the timing of these last 7 years has been exactly what it needed to be.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
A career in the video was never something I had in mind, and I think that has played to my advantage. I’ve always been open to trying as many avenues in this field as possible to find because I still found what I love and excel in. My background started in live music video production, and that to this day is still one of my favorite parts of the trade. In that space, I primarily specialize in live video directing for bands on tour. When I’m at home, I tend to create a lot of the visuals for these bands to use on the LED walls and screens behind them at their live shows and will, in some cases, be the one to edit the Multicam music videos that come out of some of the bigger shows or conferences that they do.

Over the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with some artists that have shaped my life from a young age. I don’t take it for granted that I’ve ended up in the same arenas with these people who have greatly influenced me personally and professionally. I hope that what sets me apart isn’t necessarily my work but how I treat everyone I get to work with and how people feel after I leave. I think that putting people and relationships ahead of everything else is the key to making entertainment and creative spaces worth it.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those just starting?
Be humble and be open to what opportunities are right in front of you, even if they don’t look exactly like you thought they would. It’s easy to want to jump straight to what you are striving for, but I’ve found that work and the experiences in between are what set you up and prepare you for your bigger dreams and goals.

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