“With the way that I ran my business, you would have never known that it was just me! People thought that I had a full-fledged staff!”
Nicole Hankerson casually sat in the conference room of her Downtown office as she explained how her passion for audio helped to fuel her ambitions to become a successful entrepreneur. While many people her age are just beginning their careers in the industry, the 27-year-old South Carolina native has already built an impressive resume as both a production mixer for the likes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Resurrection, while also founding C.C. Productions 803 LLC, an Atlanta-based audio production house.
With services ranging from location and post-sound production, to gear rental and consulting, C.C. Productions has been carving a place in the Atlanta film and television scene since 2010, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The company’s name was derived from the initials of Nicole’s moniker, ‘Coley-Cole’, which was joined together with the ‘803’ South Carolina area code. Nicole and her office manager, Kathy, are the two-woman crew behind this growing operation.
The idea for the enterprise was simple-while working her way up as a sound PA on smaller projects and eventually on the feature, Big Momma’s House 2, Nicole noticed that her follow sound professionals would offer money to borrow her gear so that they could work on their own gigs. After seeing the need for an audio rental facility to help keep up with Atlanta’s increasing production schedule, Nicole jumped on the opportunity to be just the person to capitalize on this idea and started the company from her own home. She now rents an impressive selection of professional audio gear to productions across the city.
“I have always known that I wanted to start a business. When I was younger I originally wanted to start a record label called ‘C.C. Records’ but I later learned that doing sound for film and television would provide a lot more opportunities. People will always want to watch a movie, whether it’s at the theatre or Netflix or Hulu, people will always pay for entertainment.”
Given the cutthroat nature of the film business, one would assume that Nicole is trying to dominate the niche market that she has carved out for herself, but she is actually a proponent of using collaborative efforts to help build her business and the Atlanta entertainment industry as a whole.
“So many people are afraid of someone taking a job from them or being competition, I see no one as competition, I see every person as an opportunity to network and help one another.”
Help is exactly what Nicole wants to provide for the Independent film community and she hopes to make C.C. Productions a one-stop shop for any cinematic audio need. In the future they look to expand their post-sound department and provide both the on-set recording and post-production mixing and editing for Indies of various genres. They look forward to meeting filmmakers in all stages of production to see how they can help make Atlanta-based productions sound world-class.
For more information on Nicole and the company, visit www.ccproductions803.com