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Keynote Speaker

benBEN HAGARTY > Videographer for Music Artists & Brands


More than 40 million international viewers have seen Beyonce through the lens of Ben Hagarty. Countless others have clicked and streamed in awe of the unique camera angles and the unwavering desire to teach others about his work with some of the world’s biggest and most prolific musicians and brands. Elevating from pounding the pavement as an Iowa-based freelance content creator to sharing the world with others through a view-finder and drone controller, Ben now leads the creative community as a teacher and confidant.


After training in media production at UNI, and after relocating to Los Angeles, Hagarty’s first project was Chris Brown’s ‘Welcome to My Life’ documentary, which he co-edited with director Andrew Sandler. This documentary led to the opportunity to co-edit several music videos for Chris Brown on the Royalty album series; A project that was nominated for “Best Breakthrough Long Form Video” at the Video Music Awards.


In partnership with EA Games, Hagarty later directed promotional content for the Madden ‘17 release featuring Lil’ Dicky and New England Patriots tight-end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, as well as a digital marketing campaign for Madden ‘18. He has captured aerial footage featured in music videos for artists such as G-Eazy, Chris Brown, and Mac Miller and was a co-shooter and co-editor on the Mary J. Blige ‘Strength of a Woman’ studio documentary, which premiered on VH1 nationwide.


In late 2016, Hagarty was brought on Schoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP World Tour as his personal photographer/videographer where he created the popular “Groovy Tony” web series on Youtube. He would then go on to co-direct his first feature length documentary for New York Times bestseller, Lewis Howes. In 2018, Hagarty seized the opportunity to wield the primary camera on Beyonce’s critically acclaimed Netflix special ‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé.’ He then went on to become Beyonce & Jay-Z’s personal videographer for the OTR II World Tour.


Hagarty now co-owns BA Human Studios in Los Angeles and currently focuses on expanding the Black With No Cream community as a leading educational space for creators.  You are invited to join and learn together at Follow along with @BenRealVSWorld on Instagram & Twitter.

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