Drones are one of the hot commodity items now as the availability of these flying machines have opened up new windows for many entrepreneurs both young and old.
The industry has swept across the world and it has encouraged a young St. Lucian entrepreneur to throw his hat into the ring of businesses vying for a share of the market.
Meet 18-y-o Shamar Marcus, founder of Skycrew Aerial Photography and drone enthusiast. He took the popular flying machine and transformed it into a tool for showcasing St. Lucia’s beauty.
Shamar specializes in UAV videos showcasing anything ranging from the natural beauty of St. Lucia to events and parties including the welcome home event for star cricketer and St. Lucian native Darren Sammy. Shamar’s videos are complemented by photos of landscape and events that have become very popular on the web.
According to Shamar he got his drone as a gift last year:
“I actually got the drone form my aunt when I was in the United states last year summer and then thought of innovative uses to make money.” He said.
He then went into detail on how he learnt to fly and operate the system:
“I already knew how to fly because I have about 1000+ hours on Flight Simulator which really helped so when I’m in the field shooting I know how to maneuver the drone to get the epic shots.” He said.
Using his DJI Phantom 3 drone Shamar’s Sky Crew Aerial Photography offers aerial inspections, wedding shoots, real estate shoots along with aerial videography just to mention a few.
Though he is now working in the drone services industry, Shamar is interested in other areas of aviation:
“My dream was to become a commercial pilot but due to the cost of the programs or flight schools it could run somewhere between 250k and even higher which is very expensive for me to undergo”
He however loves his job of providing drone based services and hints that he might in the future reconsider becoming an airline pilot.
Shamar attended Saint Mary’s College and spent one year at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.