Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.

There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.

Today’s guest is an independent film maker and actor that has produced and directed two short films and been an actor in film and TV. We met while volunteering at a Veteran event hosted by A Warriors Mind in Tampa Florida where we were both representing Racing4Vets. He is an Army Veteran that has been on four combat deployments. He is the Founder & CEO of Ginomai Films Limited. I would like to welcome Alfred Cox.

You can follow Alfred here

Website: http://www.ginomaifilmslimited.com/

LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alfred-cox-b5b80a124/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginomaifilms/

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7814220/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ginomaifilms

Alfred Cox is an Army Veteran with 17 years service with 4 deployments. In 2016 he became an independent film maker in New Port Richey, FL and produced 2 films on Amazon Video called “The Loan” and “In Return”. In 2017 Alfred secured his first speaking acting role in a web series called “Dawn and the Dead” and is currently in preproduction for his Star Wars fan film entry called “The Gauntlet” for the Lightsaber Choreography Contest 2017 in November. Alfred is also a producer for a feature film in Colorado called “ Blood Loss”

Pete Blum and Alfred Cox #Racing4Vets


So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military

Transition from the military (easy or hard)

What was it that caused you to start your business?

Tell us about your company’s mission

What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?

Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?

What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?

What is the key to the success of your business?

Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?

Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?

What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?

For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?


In this episode with Alfred we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!

  • Self-fund if possible so that you are the one that owns your idea
  • Research and educate yourself so you know your risks
  • Determine your end game
  • Watch tutorials for your industry
  • Always have a backup plan


A Warriors Mind- http://www.awarriorsmind.com/

Racing4Vets- http://www.racing4vets.org/

A quote from Albert

If I have any advice to young film makers, it is this. Don’t give up, keep pushing forward, and ignore the haters if possible. This business is vast. There’s no room for art in this. If you’re able to write, direct and produce a film and get it on Amazon for a profit, Then you’re doing something right. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.

Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)


If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at peteblum@solvability.com and let me know how I can help you!

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!

Thank you for listening!  -Pete