Today we’d like to introduce you to Kai Erber.
Hi Kai, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started my journey on a flip video camera my mom bought me for my birthday. I loved taking videos of anything – capturing moments and experiences. Soon the gear got more advanced, and I got more practice. I was obsessed with capturing anything I could on a camera, leading me to photography, travel videos, vlogs, and anything I could experience visually. I graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and jumped from a marketing internship into the fashion industry at Caleres Inc. in St. Louis.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have been challenges – from creative roadblocks to imposter syndrome to the pandemic, and there have always been speed bumps. I don’t see these as holding me back. However, I’ve seen challenges as opportunities for growth and intersections for creativity.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m currently a corporate videographer. That takes up most of my time and is typically dry work. I am lucky enough to work for a corporation with the means and pockets to allow me to grow creatively and improve my craft whichever way I like. An entire studio with all gear has allowed me to work on different techniques and methods. One type of media I always come back to is travel videos. My family is from Hawaii. I find myself there almost once a year, and I’ve made a video for each trip since 2015. Those videos are a way for me to track my growth and experiment with making a video with the same premise new each year.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Having a small ego is essential to being an artist. For a long time, I thought, “I’m too good to do ____” or “I would never do ___,” and this line of thinking holds you back. No matter who you are, there is nothing you’re too good for or can’t learn from.