Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Schneider.
Hi Sam, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
It’s been a wild ride, both figuratively and literally. I moved up to Orlando a day after graduating high school, where I would attend film school at Valencia College. I split time between class, film sets, and bartending all around the city, where I made incredible friends and even better memories. A few days after graduating, I picked up and moved to Los Angeles; I just thought that’s what you were supposed to do. Over the last ten years, I’ve had my hand in just about every corner of the industry while operating my production company, Bad Beard, as creative director. From directing music videos to selling a feature film to Amazon, I’ve made a home both in front and behind the camera. I’ve hosted as the face of adventure for the city of Palm Springs, and for a period, I shot all the video content for the Forum here in Los Angeles, which is to say I’ve worked with every artist on tour within the last three years. I’ve crossed the country multiple times on motorcycles for shows and shot documentaries at some very critical points in America’s history. I’d probably run out of characters trying to list all the experiences I’ve had. Still, the uniquely fun part about running my own company is that when brands, artists, or companies ask where something should be shot, I always suggest Florida. Any excuse to come home and see my family and friends is an awesome bonus. As of late, I’m navigating business in the covid world. Fortunately, opportunities have presented themselves in Atlanta, Georgia, where I’m excited to continue to develop my network and brand, but until the business starts to ramp back up, I’ll continue using the resources I have available. Most notable for me, Instagram has been a great platform for meeting new people and working with brands while the world remains locked down. So if you want a first-hand account of what Bad Beard’s storefront looks like, come check it out. Def worth a laugh or two. @BadBeard
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I got stories that could be seen as adversity, but the more I grow, the more I learn that each of these “struggles” is just opportunities for me to evolve and change for the better. Navigating the bumps in the road is what has made me, me, and I wouldn’t want to change that. But for the curious, 27 broken bones, I’m owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by people that shall remain nameless for legal reasons, a TBI, and pretty healthy divorce.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am so uniquely me in my space of business, my social circle, my eye, my experience. How I live it, feel it, and share it comes so naturally to me that people, from what I can tell, love being apart of whatever I’m doing. I take whatever is happening and turn it up to 11, or maybe I’m like the salt on a margarita. Either way, I want to enhance the experience. However, I can. Photo/Video/Personality/Guest at your party – If I had to be specific to one aspect, it’s not enough that I take dope pictures of people riding motorcycles, but more so I do it while we’re ripping at 110 MPH, in cruise control, hands off the bars, facing backward. 🤷♀️
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love that Orlando is a massive city with everything you would find in one while feeling like such a small town. If I went downtown tonight, I would see someone I know; that’s dope. The least favorite thing would probs be the I-Sore on I-4. It could be cool. Instead, it just is. It does provide a lot of jokes, so there’s that.