Darin Foulkes is an independent film producer who started an Island-based company called Foulkes Productions, which produces digital video projects for individuals, companies, organizations, and government.
“I graduated from Souris High School in 1987,” says Darin. “I studied broadcasting, which was not available on PEI, at Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology. I had the opportunity to work at a summer job with CBC for eight weeks, which turned into eight years. That is where I built my camera and editing skills.
“Because of cutbacks at CBC, I thought about starting a business. I enrolled in a one-year interactive multi-media program at Holland College before starting my own business in 2006.
“I’ve been an entrepreneur in video production for 12 years. I have built a good base of clients, mainly in the private sector. One day I can be filming an instructional video on the newest way to plant potatoes or doing an on-the-job safety film. Then I could be filming the Prime Minister of Canada for the National news. My job is exciting and different every day.
“As an entrepreneur with a small sole-proprietorship, you should be prepared to expect your income to vary greatly from year to year,” says Darin. “I’ve had some years with $70,000 to $80,000 in projects, and some others that were not quite so good.”
A peek at some of the Foulkes Productions credit roll:
- Junior Achievement PEI Business Hall of Fame
- Red Cross Power of Humanity Awards
- Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Excellence Awards
- Collège d’Île
- PEI Association of Exhibitions
- Culture PEI
- Vogue Optical
- Global National News
- Canadian Public Affairs Channel
- TVA Sports
- Eagles Glenn Golf television commercial