The Find Your Grind podcast is a weekly series hosted by our founders, Nick Gross, Natasha Gross, Mike Smith, and Luke “The Dingo” Trembeth. Each week, we speak with special guests on the first 10% of their personal journey, decisions that led them where they are today, and how they built their ideas from finding their grind. In this week’s episode, Nick and Dingo sat down with elite athlete and filmmaker, Dylan Efron.
Humanitarian and Thrill Seeker, Dylan Efron, feels like he’s on the way to connecting his passions of the great outdoors and sports with filmmaking. A natural athlete and lover of the outdoors, Dylan took a traditional path studying Finance and Economics in college, only to leave it behind to take an internship at Warner Bros. to learn how to produce movies. Year-after-year he took what he’s learned, grew by promotions, and tried different alleyways in film — from production to screenwriting. Now he’s been able to marry both his passions for adventure and exploration to the content he creates, being one of the 40 creators worldwide invited to the GoPro Creator Summit.
Dylan grew up in Pismo Beach, California, and loved to get out to explore other areas of The Golden State. He spent his time frequently on road trips with friends and played sports like soccer, tennis, volleyball, and baseball. He was naturally talented at competing in sports and was always quick to learn, but knew he would never become a professional player. Taking a traditional path, he enrolled at Cal Poly after being waitlisted at UC Santa Barbara, and majored in Business Administration with a minor in Economics and Finance. After college, instead of taking a job within this industry, Dylan took a job last minute at Warner Bros. film. He began as an intern and steadily climbed in the industry from trainee to a senior in production all in the span of 5 years. He was hungry to learn with his ultimate goal in understanding how a film is made and how to produce a movie. Because of the knowledge and experience he built in production, he’s helped produce films such as A Star is Born, Live by Night, and The Accountant. He eventually took it a step further and developed his screenwriting skills — and took extensive measures to understand how a film is written, shot, and edited.
I think this day and age, it’s so easy to recognize other people’s lifestyles when yours is staring you in the face and you don’t really notice it. — Dylan Efron
While Dylan dove into writing scripts, he continued to explore his athleticism through rock climbing, hiking, and competing in triathlons. Although some of his scripts were admittedly bad, he eventually got better and was hired on taking a project with Lifetime. As he continued to explore the outdoors, however, he realized he wanted to have fun while creating and took on projects that were more relative to athleticism, nature, and his explorer lifestyle. Because of the content he’s created, he was invited to the first GoPro Summit along with 40 creators that acted as a sabbatical to teach how to create content freely with Go Pros.
Dylan’s natural competitiveness, patience within himself, and understanding that failure means growth, continues to grow into aligning and growing in his career. With an open but focused path before him, in this episode you can take away how patience, authenticity, and willingness to explore (and fail) gets you right where you need to be.
Check out the episode in full and be sure to check out The FYG Podcast on Apple Podcasts and YouTube.
This episode’s references can be found here:
00:33 – Dylan Efron
00:44 – Mammoth Film Festival
01:46 – Adobe Premiere Pro
02:12 – Yosemite Park
02:23 – FYG Lifestyle Assessment
05:05 – Pismo Beach
07:12 – UCSB
07:12 – Cal Poly
11:48 – Nepal
12:50 – Boston Marathon
13:59 – Musicians Institute
19:54 – A Star Is Born
19:58 – Live By Night
20:01 – The Accountant
20:25 – Audials
22:51 – Lifetime Channel
24:16 – Lululemon Run Club
24:21 – Go Pro Summit
25:00 – Game of Thrones
26:31 – Costa Rica
28:34 – Broome, Australia
38:05 – National Geographic
42:42 – Off The Grid
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