Meet Shaun Miller, the production assistant at FotoFunSpot (fotofunspot.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – FotoFunSpot is a premier provider of photo and video booth experiences serving Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Our services are popular at weddings, galas, sporting and corporate events.
How did you get started in the business? – I started with FotoFunSpot years ago occasionally working as a photo booth assistant. Growing up making videos, I was certainly interested in working in the digital media field. Years later, in my job search, I’d find out that FotoFunSpot was looking for a full-time employee.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I was transferred to a lower performing store during my last job. In the first few months, I helped raise revenue by a double digit percentage and cemented a turning point from what was one of our lowest performing stores, to our highest grossing store in the Omaha area.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I truly love working on my music. When the stars align and I have the time and energy to focus, I can (and will) spend an entire day recording or just mixing a song.
Who inspires you? – Oftentimes, I draw inspiration from music and film creators. Tom Morello inspired me to pick up a guitar as a child and Robert Zemekis inspired me to film a 1950’s style music video. Countless content creators and musicians have inspired me to simply continue and try to get my name and work out there.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Spooky. It’s a fun one, and generally accurate.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Don’t turn away, get in front of it” – Zach De la Rocha. It can be very general purpose, but I’ve always thought it had a certain “power” to it.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – Oddly enough, probably “Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs” from Frasier. Occasionally, at the end of the day, I like to imagine I’m in the end sequence of an episode and that song will play in my head.
Which talent would you most like to have? – Bringing my ideas to paper, figuratively or literally. I envy people that can envision or hear something and get it fully expressed into their work.
What local nonprofit organization are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – The Omaha Conservatory of Music is a wonderful organization. I attended their summer program as a youth and gained wonderful knowledge, experience, connections, and importantly, passion for performance and music.
What is your favorite movie? – I consider myself a “movie person”, and enjoy a large variety of genres from horror, comedies, spaghetti westerns, sci-fi; really all over the place. So with this, I will give a general top three in no particular order: No Country for Old Men, Halloween (1978), and Pineapple Express.
What is your favorite TV show? – Frasier. It’s one of my mother’s favorite shows so a lot of my childhood consisted of watching that show most nights.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – I’d have loved to get to know Neil Peart. He was a very calm and quiet enigma of musical genius. One of my bigger regrets is not having seen Rush during Neil’s life, so an opportunity to speak with him would certainly suffice.