Why I Created BlackBox by Pat McGowan.
A lot of people ask me, why I started BlackBox. The simple answer is, because I had to.
I’ve been a Film and Video creator for a long time. I am a producer, writer, director and shooter. I LOVE what I do. And after over two decades of doing paid service work (gigs) in corporate and broadcast, I woke up one day and realized that I had been DISRUPTED.
1) Rates have not increased more than twenty years, in some cases they have dropped, dramatically.
2) There are more people fighting for less work.
3) Everything has CHANGED. And it's happened FAST.
I had little to show for my twenty plus years of work other than some savings (minimal), my reel, and some awards. And I did not own any of the finished content I had produced.
Then I realized that was not completely true. I had actually amassed a lot of footage in my travels. So I dug through my hard drive archives and "mined" them to process a few thousand marketable stock footage clips. I put them on all of the major stock footage agency sites (repetitive, boring work, UGH) and waited. Some money came in, then some more. So I started shooting and uploading more clips. The money really started to come in. Now, I’m not getting rich but this new source of income has made a big difference for me and my family.
Next, I thought “Other creators like me can do this too.” So I created BlackBox; a Platform and Community that allows creators do what they love and that takes care of most of the "business drudgery" they do not like to do (and probably won’t do). Then I added the concepts of collaboration, shared ownership, and revenue sharing. This is the real magic of BlackBox. Everyone gets their fair share for work they do either alone or as part of a team. Stock footage is just our starting point. We have big plans for our fellow creators.
BlackBox is all about having the freedom to be a creator, take control of your content, and make your fair share, for years. It’s not a “gig” site. It’s a whole new way of looking at our lives as creators.
This just makes whole lot of sense to me. I hope it makes sense to you. Basically, I built BlackBox because I believe that creators deserve a much better deal. It's not a "pyramid scheme" nor am I a "snake oil salesman". I'm just a creator with the same challenges and worries as you and I decided to make a big change in my life. Take a look at BlackBox, and feel free to contact me on Facebook at Pat McGowan if you want to ask questions or just chat.
I am stoked about BlackBox for a bunch of reasons but probably the thing that excites me most is the fact that BlackBox is an open and transparent platform that any creator, anywhere, can join. The creator in Swaziland has the same access and opportunities to get content to global markets and collaborate with other creators anywhere in the world as the creator in New York City. In fact, they can collaborate!
We are changing the world for creators and making lives better for our global family.
All we are missing is YOU. So join us and get yourself some freedom and peace of mind!
Pat McGowan - BlackBox Founder