Claremore High School graduate Anthony Wolfe has been named a recipient of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Michael Bozzone Young Entrepreneur Award for his video production company — Wolfe Productions.
The Young Entrepreneur Foundation promotes entrepreneurism through scholarships for high school seniors.
Wolfe’s interests in filmmaking and video editing began when he was 15-years-old as a volunteer with RSU-TV’s local production club.
“It was the year that the television station switched from analog to digital. There was a lot of change,” Wolfe said. “It was fun for me because I was able to learn about all of the new equipment at the same time as everyone else.”
He said Production Manager Dale McKinney and Dan Schiedel, current OETA executive director, were both mentors and inspired him to purchase his own video equipment.
“I thought to myself if I could buy my own equipment and be productive with it, why not,” Wolfe said. “After I began to earn a little money, with my parents help, I was able to purchase editing software and upgrade my Sony Handycam into a Sony HDR FX1.”
He said he can now produce high definition quality video.
Wolfe films weddings, receptions, live sporting events and produces a DVD for his clients.
“Clients’ word of mouth is the best route for me at the moment. I plan to join the Claremore Chamber and advertise through them in the future.”
Wolfe will attend RSU in the fall and major in Corporate Communication. He intends to incorporate production management into his degree, he said.
“I’m blessed to have the connections I have as well as supporting family and friends. I couldn’t have done this without them.”
Wolfe applied for the NFIB young entrepreneur award earlier this year, which included the completion of three essays and a list of references. He was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and will use it for RSU tuition in the fall.
“It was cool to be awarded a national scholarship. In my eyes that’s huge,” Wolfe said. “Hard work really does pay off.”