Proud to feature Brittany Mumma, partner and producer of OneEyedBird. This production and creative house has a passion for storytelling and goes beyond entertainment proving that innovative content creation and multiplatform distribution are effective vehicles to build brand and subject matter awareness.
Read her story of success below in our #liveleisurely influencer interview:
Tell us a little about yourself, your brand/company and how it started?
My name is Brittany Mumma and I was born and raised in Alaska. I grew up skiing, running and doing all things related to the outdoors. After high school, I attended Boston College on a track & field scholarship and attempted city life for 4 years. Boston is one of a kind and I absolutely loved it but also learned that big cities aren’t for me. I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming after graduation where I became an intern for OneEyedBird, a production company with a passion for storytelling. We produce film, television and digital content that is authentic and innovative. Six years later, I am a partner and producer with the company.
What advice can you give for starting your own business or turning your passion into a career?
Pursuing your dreams and passions is never easy but in my opinion, the benefits far outweigh the risks. There are going to be many moments where your focus and determination feel like they aren’t enough anymore. Every day is a new day and with each new day, an opportunity. Waking up with this in mind, helps me push through and take on challenges one step at a time rather than getting overwhelmed by trying to conquer the world all at once. Being able to wake up every morning believing I can make a difference in the world, being happy and doing what love – that is what drives me.
What drives/motivates/inspires you?
There are a couple factors that drive and motivate me. The first is happiness, second is following my dreams and third is trying to make a difference in the world. Happiness is critical – if you’re not happy, you can’t make others happy and you can’t do your job well. Following your dreams is part of being passionate. If you aren’t passionate – it’s hard to be good at anything. Lastly, we should all be trying to make the world a better place. It needs our help more than ever.
What are you most proud of/ biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is being able to live the life I choose. Instead of getting paid for sacrificing my time, I get paid to do what I love to do.
What was biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I have faced is an ongoing pursuit. Many of the projects I pitch have a cause related side to them. It is amazing how many people and companies simply don’t care, don’t understand the problem or are unwilling to get involved because of politics. Through my work, we have a huge voice and an ability to generate awareness or create change. It is disheartening knowing you can make a difference but struggle for the opportunities.
What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?
Never give up! People are always going to try to tell you that you won’t succeed. Believe in yourself. Anything worth doing is hard, even the simple things in life.
Be passionate about what you do and follow your dreams.
What is your ideal working environment?
The harsher, the better. Whether that be at 18,000 feet on a mountain in Nepal, on a river in the Amazon or on the savannahs somewhere in Africa – the more challenging the better. I feel like I thrive in those kinds of conditions and enjoy truly challenging myself. With this said, I do love my home office and putting my feet up in the sunshine enjoying my hummingbirds and the nature that surrounds me. Finding quiet rest and relaxation time is critical for my creativity and preparing for the next big project.
What do you do in your spare time?
I try to ski almost every day in the winter. Living at the base of arguably one of the best ski resorts in the country makes it pretty easy. I love to supplement that with hot yoga, especially when it is freezing outside! In the summer, I go on long mountain runs, climb as many peaks as I can and try to see how many days I can sleep outside.
How do you maintain a healthy balance?
Balance is the only way my body and mind can thrive. I often work 16 or more hours a day. I have learned that not making space for myself to exercise or meditate is more time consuming than actually taking the few hours a day to fit it in or taking a day off. If my body is happy and healthy then my creativity and productivity go up exponentially.