We are so proud of the small business community that we’ve built, and equally proud of the women who are part of it. So in the first of our new ‘Interview with… series’, we talk to Marissa Holden of Holden Media Productions about life, her plans as a small business owner, and her involvement with We Are Tabono!

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Tell us about who you are and what you do

I’m Marissa, I’m a video producer, editor and trainer. For the past five years, I’ve been running Holden Media Productions, a video production company which helps businesses get seen, and create more leads through video. Before that, I worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC and Sky News for more than fourteen years.

What made you decide to work for yourself and why did you choose to set up the business that you run?

I hit a bit of a bump in around 2015 with my journalistic career. I was finding it hard to juggle the 24/7 demands of news with having two small children. I was exhausted, and having kids dramatically impacted my ability to deal with the more harrowing stories we had to tell, day in, day out. So I left, enrolled in a course with a BBC camerawoman to train me how to film, went on a video editing workshop, and set up Holden Media Productions. 

What makes your business special?

My business is different because I understand, inside out, what makes a good story, what will grab people’s attention, and how to communicate messages in creative ways. I use these skills to help my clients stand out among their competitors. Working as a broadcast journalist means I can tease the story out of the most camera-shy individuals, making them look and sound good on camera through our Voice and Video workshops.

What has been your business highlight for 2021?

The business highlight of 2021 is meeting and working with Kate Skellern, who is just awesome. She’s an actress and voice coach. We have a lot in common and we get on really well. In the last half of 2021 we’ve developed a one-day Voice and Video workshop to enable people to effectively use their voice, and use video to stand out from the crowd.

What are your goals for 2022?

My goals for 2022 are to help more businesses and people deliver great quality video content that builds relationships with their potential clients – whether through our Voice and Video workshop, or creating them a detailed video strategy that supports their own business aims.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone either running or thinking about running their own business?

My advice for anyone thinking of running a business is believe in yourself, even when things seem really tough – and ask for help with the things you are less experienced with. There are great people out there to help you with the stuff you struggle with – like Anna and Chloe!

Tell us about your experience with Tabono – what has being involved with Tabono brought to your business and what’s your favourite aspect of what we do?

Being involved with Tabono has been brilliant. Anna and Chloe supported my business when I lost my mum, and for that I am deeply grateful. The relationship you build with them is never transactional – it’s a genuine network of support and expertise from people who have been there, and built a business themselves. And they are also lovely people. The END!