Shalom Life | February 26, 2015

Top 20 Under 40 – Jon Corbin

Toronto’s Corbin is the founder of Corbin Visual, a full service video production company.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: February 24th, 2015 in Culture » Film » News

Shalom Life is proud to present our 5th annual Top 20 Under 40 list. Over the next 20 days, we will showcase 20 individuals of diverse talents and backgrounds that have made a significant contribution to their field both locally and globally. From entrepreneurs to philanthropists, entertainers to doctors, this list places a spotlight on a small sampling of the spectacular, innovative, and passionate Jews that call Toronto home.

Top 20 Under 40: Jon Corbin

Age: 31

Toronto’s Jon Corbin has produced and directed creative videos since 2007 with his company, Corbin Visual.

A full service production company, Corbin Visual focuses on the development and delivery of high-caliber video products for corporate entities and not-for-profit organizations. Specializing in animation, motion graphic based videos, instructional and training videos, public service announcements, commercials and promotional videos, Corbin Visual has worked with the likes of Canon, Nissan, Samsung, Bombardier, Apple and Tennis Canada.

Corbin has an intimate knowledge of every facet of the production process, having developed a very successful track record. He is involved in every aspect of production from strategy and creative brainstorming to directing on set talent. His company not only produces high-quality videos, but also provides digital strategies to promote their clients video content online, develops smartphone applications, and creates social media campaigns.

Corbin was raised in a Jewish household to parents that supported him “unconditionally and provided me the opportunity to follow my dreams.” And those dreams always involved working with a camera.

“I’ve loved the camera since I was a teenager, being in front and behind it. I wanted to be an actor throughout high school and university but quickly settled on a life behind the lens soon after I graduated. I have far more control over my brand of content in a director and producer role, it allows me to create the most authentic work possible. And if I wanted to act again, technically, I could cast myself,” Corbin shares in an interview with Shalom Life.


Corbin has established himself in an oversaturated industry by adding imagination and creativity where those elements were previously lacking.

“When I was just starting out, the video work I saw out there was quite unimaginative; I thought that’s what it meant to be a video professional and actually didn’t think there was room for my brand of content. But the early positive reactions to my videos from family and friends encouraged me to pursue a life behind the lens, on my own terms. The more I (and my clients) embraced my unique approach, the better the results and reactions became. Although I have been in the industry for over 8 years now, I feel like every year is a new beginning,” Corbin shared.

Corbin strongly believes that his unique brand of “weirdness” is what’s allowed him to stand out amongst the crowd. He suggests that anyone interested in joining the creative industry embrace their originality as opposed to conforming to societal expectation.

“Work hard and stay weird. If you want to be in the creative industry, you need to own what you do, which means embracing your uniqueness instead of conforming to socially accepted norms or someone else’s version of success. Work hard at being the best version of yourself, and good things will come,” he shares.

Corbin has longstanding working relationships with the UJA, JNF, Bridle Bash Foundation and Imagine a Cure, where he enjoys “giving back in a way that is uniquely me.”

When he’s not working, Corbin can be found walking his Havanese dog, Belly, watching movies, spending time in Muskoka, or hanging out with his “beautiful girlfriend Kayla.”

So what’s up next for Corbin?

“I see myself continuing to work on projects that benefit my clients business and also create a positive impact on society as a whole. Like most production folks, I also have a completed script in my back pocket, which I would love to see produced one day. Its a Bro-Mance comedy set at a Jewish summer camp - think 'Harold and Kumar' meets 'Wet Hot American Summer’ meets ‘Meatballs’.”

Follow Corbin here:

Facebook: facebook.com/corbinvisual

Instagram: instagram.com/corbinvisual

Twitter: twittter.com/corbinvisual

Website: www.corbinvisual.com

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