2020 Future 10: Brent Gallant
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and South Brunswick Magazine recognize Brunswick County’s young professionals and future leaders.
BRENT GALLANT | OWNER, GALLANT VIDEOGRAPHY | AGE: 38
Brent Gallant grew up skateboarding and enjoyed filming his friends as they carved ordid grab and air tricks. As he grew older and his interests changed, he put the video camera away for a while but still always had a lingering interest.
A chance to do some video work for a minister inspired him to take up the hobby once again and turn it into a career. “I left my office job and said ‘I’m going to take a chance and go for it,’” he says.
While living in Atlanta, Gallant built a successful videography business working exclusively in the wedding industry. He specialized in creating cinematic wedding day films that craft a story using shooting and editing techniques much like filmmaking. “Today’s weddings are about storytelling,” he says. “It’s no longer just about a camera and a tripod.”
In 2017 Gallant relocated with his family to Ocean Isle Beach and soon found that the wedding market here was not quite the same. “Many of the people getting married at the beach aren’t from here,” he says. “They’re visitors who don’t really know about you or how to find your business.” He quickly realized he would need a new strategy.
Relying on networking and building new relationships in the community, Gallant was able to successfully change his approach from a consumer-driven product to a business product by working with local companies and nonprofit organizations to develop branded video and photography campaigns and commercials. He has worked with BEMC, ATMC, Novant Health and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.
Since he works for himself, a day in his life is never the same, and he is always prepared for challenges. Especially with the current pandemic. “It’s forced me to think outside of the box,” he says. He is involved in every aspect of his business including answering the phone, responding to emails, setting up shoots, filming and editing.
Gallant’s Future 10 recognition is completely unexpected. “It’s definitely an honor,” he says. “I’m not someone who enjoys the spotlight, I usually just keep to myself and focus on my day to day.”
When Gallant is not busy running his business, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their 12-year-old daughter, playing golf and volunteering with media production at his local church.