Darcie King is a special type of Mover & Shaker in Ocean County. The Forked River resident is the co-owner and co-operator of E Video Productions in Toms River, where she also volunteers with the Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District and the Toms River Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as a committee member for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, and she is a board member for Our Gang Players, which normally performs in Barnegat.
By doing so many things throughout Ocean County, Darcie King is certainly a Mover & Shaker. Let’s find out more about her:
Ocean Happening: What motivates you every morning?
Darcie King: My three kids are my biggest motivation every single day. Having such a wide age range – 2 to 10, every day I get to witness unconditional love and hugs from my girls, and amazing new discovers and talents in my 10 year old son. I want to be a strong role model for all of them. It is important to me to show them that no matter what they enjoy doing, they can do it with passion. You’re never too old or young to start a new hobby or develop a new skill.
OH: What inspires you the most and why?
DK: I am most inspired by my faith in God. My church family grounds me, and my faith gives me an understanding of a bigger picture – more than just what I see on a daily basis. Whenever I think that times are tough, or I’m struggling with anything, I remember that God chose this for me, and it gives me the inspiration I need to continue on.
OH: Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
DK: I am very proud that as a young woman of 23, I started a business. That business just celebrated its 14th anniversary & is still going strong! I am also proud that I have done this with my husband by my side the entire time. It is not always easy to work with your spouse, but it is what we have always done and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
OH: What has been the biggest challenge that you have overcome?
DK: I think running a business presents a new “biggest challenge” every day! We started our technology & internet centered business in 2001…months before 9/11 and just before the big “web bust.” But we persevered. Then there was the economic downturn, the recession, Superstorm Sandy and most recently a 3-alarm fire in the building next door to our studio that caused extensive damage to our space & equipment. Being able to re-invent ourselves each time something went wrong is what has allowed us to remain while so many others disappeared.
OH: What is the biggest accomplishment that you would like to achieve over the next 5 years?
DK: In the next 5 years, we plan on seeing our work on major television networks! We are currently in the works with a few different opportunities for web-based programming with a potential for network pickups. It is our goal to produce network-quality shows and content that is entertaining & inspirational.
OH: How do you think your friends and co-workers would describe you?
DK: Most people describe me as crazy. 🙂 With 3 kids, a business, and multiple volunteer positions, no one understands how I still have time to perform in community theatre or sing in my church choir. I am always on the run, and I like it that way! I think my staff sees me as creative and driven (at least I hope they do!). Friends – I hope they know I am someone that will be there for them whenever they need me.
OH: What is your favorite place to go in Ocean County?
DK: I love the beach & boardwalk! I love to take my kids on rides. We often go to Seaside Heights & Point Pleasant boardwalks.
OH: If you could go back in time and talk to yourself ten years ago, what advice would you give?
DK: Ten years ago, I had just one little baby boy. I worked from home building up my business. I would give myself the same advice my mom has given me through the years when it comes to raising children…”They’re not going to go to college doing that.” Basically, she means that whatever the drama of the day is – potty training, taking away a pacifier, dealing with a temper tantrum – the child will eventually stop and will turn into young man or woman ready to head off to college. Same is true in the rest of our life…no matter what drama we have to deal with today, tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities. Sitting at home, trying to build a business while learning the difficulties that come with motherhood, I would tell myself that things will get better, difficult things will happen, but if you “keep moving forward” (Walt Disney quote), better things will come!