VENICE, Calif. (
) -- Award winning documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur Tasha Oldham has a story to tell. Many stories, actually, about many small business successes. Oldham launched
My Story Inc.
, a commercial production company that creates so-called advertorials, to help small businesses market their stories through film.
Oldham, who calls herself the young, yet growing company's Chief Story Extractor, says while she loves being a filmmaker, she didn't love the life of a filmmaker and the constant worries regarding consistent work. She said she was always "tap dancing for others to hire me, writing phone book-long grant applications" in addition to working 20-hour days writing for Disney, ABC or Travel Channel.
"I wanted to marry my artistic talent and make a comfortable living doing what I love. So My Story was born," she says.
The videos can be seen from broadcast to the Web to social media. Clients use the spots to generate licensing deals, and at events including trade shows and speaking gigs.
Profit from the business, which she launched in October 2010, funnels into her other business endeavors -- SmallTown Productions, as well as her nonprofit work. SmallTown Productions is Oldham's feature film and TV production company that focuses mainly on nonfiction films and nonprofit endeavors. Last year, My Story brought in $300,000 in sales. It primarily tells the tales of small business owners, but increasingly is catering to mid- and large-size companies.
Winning SCORE's Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business award (SCORE is the Small Business Administration's partner organization designed to mentor entrepreneurs), My Story is the final 2012 SCORE winner to be profiled by TheStreet. SCORE celebrated the winners at its fourth annual awards gala in New Orleans on August 16.
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This is not Oldham's first time winning a SCORE award. In 2010, she won the Success Story award from her local Los Angeles SCORE chapter.
She also produced the 2010 national SCORE awards videos and SCORE's 2011 National Public Service Announcements (PSAs).
"SCORE has reaped the benefits of Tasha Oldham's talents and innovative documentation with our stylish Public Service Announcements," CEO Ken Yancey says. "We're honored to celebrate My Story, Inc. as our outstanding woman-owned small business winner for being an inspiration to current and future female entrepreneurs."
Oldham shared her secrets of success with
in a recent interview.