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Digital media passion leads to business start-up

For Margaret River student Gary Quintrell an injury which prevented him from doing his trade resulted in a life changing decision to train in an area he was passionate about – digital media.

Mr Quintrell has just returned from the Philippines after being paid for creating his first commercial video for International resort Casa Amara.

He has also been a paid production assistant for Celebrity TV Chef Curtis Stone for a series that was filmed in the lead up to Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Mr Quintrell was a boilermaker for many years when an injury left him unable to work in his trade. Instead of feeling sorry for himself he decided to further his career and follow his passion for photography, something he’d been interested in since school.

After enrolling in a Certificate IV Digital Media course at South Regional TAFE Margaret River Education Campus, Mr Quintrell set about following his vision to set up his own digital media business.

“I happily soaked up all the knowledge and skills I could,” Mr Quintrell said.

“The learning environment met my individual needs as it took into account the understanding and skills I already had and allowed me to build on this.

“I learned so much and it was such an enjoyable experience. We had a blast!”

Mr Quintrell’s digital media lecturer Fran Jackson is also an experienced photographer and runs her own business.

She helped Gary to further develop his photography skills and Mr Quintrell started entering competitions and putting his photos out there.

He entered a South West Tourism Association photography competition and was one of 13 winners out of 900 entries.

Mr Quintrell was also part of a group of digital media students from across Western Australia who travelled to China as part of a study tour in 2017.

This incredible experience helped open his eyes to the world of international opportunities out there for digital media specialists.

Mr Quintrell has combined his experience in drone photography to create exciting landscape photos and videos, including aerial footage of a whale taken off the coast of Margaret River which appeared on the Channel 9 News. They contacted him after seeing the video and asked if they could use it for their news bulletin that night.

He is now studying a Certificate IV in Small Business Management at South Regional TAFE Margaret River which he hopes to complete at the end of this term.

These studies have helped him set up a database of contacts to maximise his time and further develop client packages. 

Page last updated November 20, 2018