Behind My #MondayMotivation Series

Behind My #MondayMotivation Series

Today on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I debuted a new weekly motivational video series. This is me sharing a little bit of the pep talks I give myself in the mirror, in case they might help you too. So why am I doing it? People have been telling me for years that they are inspired by some of the things I say. I never feel like I’m saying much, but if I can make a positive impact on another person, I’m in. I also just need the practice behind my camera designing visuals. I hate the lighting in this first video. I hate the shadows. I hate the echo in the sound. But that’s why I started it. To give myself a small project to relentlessly refine like a cinematography student would in film school. This was thrown together in about four hours, and yet I learned a ton about what to do differently next time. So I hope this is as helpful for you as it is for me. Fifty-one more Mondays to...
Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

The last two years have been an amazing experiment. An amazing journey in discovering who I am and what I’m capable of, and where I want to go in the film industry. Now, it seems like plans and intentions are coming together in ways I could not have manufactured myself. When I first arrived in LA I was interested in doing anything in film, and being told I had to pick a lane, so I picked shooting. I shot red carpets, commercials, short films, brand events, behind the scenes… but I’m not confident in my skill set for major film/TV set work. I needed more freedom to focus on learning. I moved to a cheaper place in January and again in April, so I could afford to do more free work and build up my experience. I did more projects and started volunteering with the mobile film classroom. I even went to Trinidad to see family and work on a documentary about my family heritage. Going to Trinidad was everything to me. But then I had to move again, and I knew rent wouldn’t be cheap anymore. Full time work went from an option to a necessity. I knew I could bring in full time income as an editor, but I knew once I branded myself as an editor out here it would be a pain to dig my way back out to shoot again. The other option was to do something completely outside of the industry and focus my off hours on studying cinematography. Then I could build my portfolio and jump when I was ready. Then came...
How I Ended Up on BuzzFeed

How I Ended Up on BuzzFeed

I got to make an appearance on some BuzzFeed videos. A lot of people have been asking me how that happened so here’s the rundown. If you haven’t seen them yet they’re at the bottom of this post.

Moving to LA: Driving Cross Country

Moving to LA: Driving Cross Country

So, first question: did I drive to California? Yes, I did! I drove because everyone in LA told me I need my car. I didn’t want to pay to ship it, and my siblings are telling me you don’t want to drag your car behind a U-Haul truck. I’ve seen before what it costs to rent a truck big enough to hold my car and all my stuff… not gonna happen. Also, I didn’t want to play that game of putting my car on a train and trying to see if I could meet the train after I got off the plane…. It’s a small thing but it’s still a thing, right? And so I drove cross country! They say it usually takes people three or four days to make the trip. I did it in five or six days instead. I drove for two days, then took a day off in Austin by my sister Debbie and my brother-in-law Greg. Then I drove for two and a half more days to reach Los Angeles. My first day was from Maryland of course, to Nashville, Tennesse. Then from Nashville I pushed through a long twelve hours to Austin. After my day off I took a short five hour drive to Fort Stockton, Texas. Then I drove to El Paso, a town right on the border with Mexico! I’ve never been to Mexico (or don’t remember) so it was cool to see it from the highway. I stopped in Phoenix for the night and then finally I drove from Phoenix to Los Angeles. I drove into Los Angeles in the...