Director Profile – Ben Trowse (VCC Director)

I was born in the city of Adelaide where I grew up engaging in all things artistic. After gaining a degree in Visual Arts, I moved to Sydney where I got stuck into my passion for film and TV. This is where I began working both in the Art Department and behind the camera lens, […]

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I was born in the city of Adelaide where I grew up engaging in all things artistic. After gaining a degree in Visual Arts, I moved to Sydney where I got stuck into my passion for film and TV. This is where I began working both in the Art Department and behind the camera lens, primarily focusing on national and international commercials , short films and music videos for bands such as Evermore and Grinspoon. After freelancing for a few years, I diversified my talents and joined the Art Department crew of the classic Australian medical TV Drama, All Saints. During my time on All Saints, we worked hard and played harder which is something I learned my first day on set. I had set up a blood rig that was meant to spill blood slowly as John Waters’ character was operating. The director told me he couldn’t see any blood on screen so I pumped the rig to full mode and the fake blood sprayed everywhere including all over John’s face…. Safe to say I was in charge of cleaning all the props that day.

In my spare time, I love to cycle and so far have cycled across Taiwan, Tasmania and heading to Italy this year. I am also an avid collector of LP records and have almost used up all my storage space with my extensive collection. I have to say that my all time favourite band is Tears For Fears and my favourite record is a first pressing of LA Woman by The Doors.

In 2009 I made the move to Brisbane and started Surge Media as answer to what I felt was a gap in the creative market. At Surge Media, I lead a team who are passionate about creating and delivering high quality media solutions for each and every client. I personally believe that human to human engagement is the heart of every story and this belief led me to create the documentary, Devout Warrior in 2013. In 2015 Surge Media won an AVPA award which I believe is a great recognition of me and my team’s hard work and continual pushing of artistic boundaries.

I enjoy the challenge of working consistently to provide contemporary first-class productions for all my clients but when you do what you love everyday, it’s not really work is it.

I’m looking forward to the future and contributing to the board of Valley Chamber of Commerce .

5 Minutes with Ben

Q: How did you get involved in the Valley Chamber?

I was invited to our first meeting by Danny Sinclair from Benga Designs. He mentioned that it was a great place to connect with other business owners, that there was a lot of energy and that I would be a great fit for it.


Q: How long have you been a VCC member?

I have been a member for 2 years

Q: If you could go back to day 1 of your business what is the biggest piece of advice you would tell yourself?

That’s a great question actually. I think the biggest piece of advice I would tell myself would be to keep it simple, to stay true to my vision and to make it all about the relationship with my customers. Understanding their needs and helping them reach their goals is what is truly important to me.

Q:  What has been your biggest struggle in business?

Sometimes in the creative business you tend to compromise your vision and over complicate things. I have learnt over the years, and over a few unpleasant experiences that we are here to guide our clients so that they can benefit from our knowledge and experience. Keeping it simple has always been our biggest struggle.

Q:  What is one of your most memorable business experiences – good or bad?

I would have to say that the most memorable business experience would have to be when we got our first staff members on board, at the time it felt like a huge step and it was a bit scary. But looking back it was the best step we could have taken, our team is great and stronger than ever. I believe that treating each team member as an individual that can provide open, honest feedback and opinions is what makes Surge Media a well-oiled creative machine.

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