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Meet Devin Morrow of DM Scenic Productions in Mission Gorge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devin Morrow.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Devin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had an affinity for tools. I used to sneak into the garage as a child and play around in my mother’s tool bench. Dad would break things and she always seemed to know how to fix them. I am, like my mom, artistic and tool savvy.

In high school I put those skills to good use in the Mt Carmel Drama/Tech department. It’s been 17 years and I’ve made my passion into a career.

I have been involved in many theatres and production companies around town, as well as a series of “pop-up” shops to work on summer projects like the main gate at the San Diego County Fair.

In 2012 I filed my DBA and opened my own shop, DM Scenic Productions, in Mission Valley. I am celebrating my fifth year of owning my own business and being part of the Grantville business community.

My crew and I have been involved, through concept, design, and fabrication, with several clients including Morongo Casino, Nickelodeon, History Channel, Fox Sports, NCompass International and Freeman AV.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been relatively smooth, but I wouldn’t say “Easy”.  I’ve had a lot of support from my family, which has helped tremendously. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

San Diego is a wonderful place to grow up if you tend to march to a different beat than most. I get asked quite often if I run into any issues being a female in the industry. Other than the occasional “You’re a pretty good carpenter…for a girl…” and “Let me show you how to use that tool, little lady…” I’m respected for my talent and skill. San Diego has a small, yet welcoming, theatrical community. We are, in many respects, like a family. A lot of my business comes from referrals from people I have worked with previously, whom I also call my friends.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with DM Scenic Productions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My personal skill is carpentry. I am a scenic carpenter, to be exact. My company specializes in fabricating for, but not limited to, theatre, TV, film, special events and the occasional restaurant renovation.

What sets me apart is that I’m a woman-owned business, specifically a woman-owned scene shop. I can count the number of women on one hand that do what I do, and there are even fewer that are independent and own their own business. I believe I’m the only one in San Diego.
I’m incredibly proud of my crew.  I couldn’t do what I do, and be successful, without the help of those that share my passion. I have surrounded myself with smart, talented and driven craftspeople that are dedicated to getting the job done, even if it means “Pulling an all-nighter” to do so.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My short term goal is to continue to grow my business and be successful doing what I love. I’m looking forward to expanding the shop down the road and moving to a bigger space.  I also have dreams of helping to rebuild our local film industry and, in turn, bringing more of that business back to San Diego.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Road
  • Website: www.dmscenicproductions.com
  • Phone: 858-DMSETZ2 (367-3892)
  • Email: dmscenicproductions@gmail.com


Image Credit:

Freeman AV
Vanmark Scenic
Ncompass int
Fox Sports

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