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Meet Michael Duffy

Client Michael Duffy with video camera“My life has changed considerably since pursuing this new path with the help of the Access Fund!”

In one form or another, film has been a lifelong passion for Michael Duffy. Through the Access Fund’s Business Equipment Loan Program, Michael has been able to see his business, Toonsmith Studios, grow to include many possibilities that he had not foreseen. “With age comes wisdom… and a hard earned knowledge of… life’s potholes…”

Diagnosed with bi-polar and high anxiety disorder, Michael’s employment opportunities have been limited. But when it comes to video-editing and producing, Michael is one creatively-inclined individual. His talent, however, really comes to fruition and he is most productive when working from the safety and comfort of his home.

Client Michael Duffy on a film set While a Film Studies student at Centralia Community College, Michael participated in the Access Fund’s small business training webinar and developed a business plan with the goal of eventually becoming self-employed. He now says “happily each day (and quarter of school), brings me closer to that goal.” Michael then submitted a business equipment loan application to purchase what he calls the “heart” of his small business – a professional Panasonic digital video camera. The loan was approved, and Michael, now more focused than ever on his passion for film, uses his camera on a daily basis for shooting footage, uploading, editing and studying the day’s work.

As Michael explains in his own words:

“What I am doing and what I am pursuing really doesn’t make much sense to most of the public, but it is just as much a part of the economy as any other business. It’s hard work producing entertainment and can be profitable in the long run. But resources are next to non-existent to a disabled person with poor credit. I’ve been able to have a bit of success through the Access Fund, their moral support, and that of the college where I continue to network and build connections, as well as continuing to learn the craft and technology of producing videos.”

With many projects in the making, the Access Fund is excited to see Michael’s Toonsmith Studios’ continued success!

Check out an article in the Centralia College Newspaper “Blue and Gold,” featuring Michael Duffy: