An Entrepreneur at Heart

Published on January 09, 2023

Always having a knack for entrepreneurship, Josiah Stendel, ’22, started his business, Made You Look Media, when he was only 13 years old. His video agency has since grown into a local powerhouse, producing commercials and video content for companies like Chick-fil-A, Eventbrite and Duolingo.

“I am really passionate about helping these brands grow and succeed through video,” said Stendel.

In 2017, Stendel directed a short film titled “Orphaned Courage” and helped raise funds and awareness for adoption assistance. His latest film, a critically acclaimed short titled “The Cold Season”, screened at the Nashville Film Festival in 2019.

“Although I now live in Richmond with my wife Bethany, growing up across the world in the heart of Germany gave me an approach that resonates across cultures,” said Stendel. He graduated in May with a degree in marketing, a minor in entrepreneurship and a sales certificate.