By Rick Lott
for the Effingham Herald
Not many people can say they’re living the life they dreamed about, but Dylan Odom says that’s exactly what he is doing.
The Guyton man is a musician who bought his first guitar at 14 has now produced three of his own music videos – one of which includes World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler, Lacey Evans.
After spending a little time in the world of professional wrestling, Odom said he came to know Evans while she was still serving in the Marine. Odom said they became friends in 2016 when he became a camera operator shooting a pilot about her life in the WWE. Evans is nows featured in one of his music videos.
Odom’s production company – 1958 Productions – includes his friend and camera operator, Malachi Mohammed.
Odom said his first music video was called “Suitcases” and was released about a year ago. He said Suitcases was a song he wrote in high school and people seemed to like it.
Odom said, “I was fortunate enough due to pro wrestling to get a role in this movie that was shot in Savannah called ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon.’”
He said that experience fueled his love for film and seeing what goes on the other side of the camera to create “moments that people remember forever,” really fascinated him. Odom said in 2020 he went back to the locations used in the Peanut Butter Falcon to shoot scenes for Suitcases.
Odom said he can’t say enough about his video partner. Mohammed graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in film production and Odom said they shoot all the music videos with camera and lighting gear, giving the projects a professional look.
Odom said he then does the editing on different applications on his iPhone.
“We upload all of the raw clips to Google Drive, then download them into my phone and I use the editors – I use it – I send it back and forth between editors to do different things,” Odom said. “Cut, color, any effects.”
He said he can use his computer but likes the cellphone because it’s so user friendly and fits in your hand.
Odom said he really appreciates all the support from folks in Effingham County, which he describes as great place for a family.
“I have an amazing, beautiful partner that helps me keep my head on straight and they’re everything to me. I do it so that we can live comfortably.”
He said they are raising three daughters in their Guyton home.
Odom said that he used to play his music locally in downtown Savannah but said, “I’ve been fortunate that some of the right people have seen my stuff and that has allowed me to…do bigger shows and the shows alone – if I only did one show a week, I’m still covering what we need.”
He said he still plays small shows and never turns them down.
All of Odom’s videos may be found on YouTube by going to “Harlan, Saved” or his website, Harlan, Saved Music.Shopify.com. Videos include “1958,” “Lawless” and Suitcases.
Odom said he will perform at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado in March, opening for Gregory Allen Isakov, an indie-folk musician.