When I was 8 years old, I made my first video on my grandfather’s camcorder. It was before the smaller digital ones we have today and recorded to VHS tapes. My brother and I were staying with him for the summer in my grandparents’ old two-story house on a dead-end road in Memphis, Tennessee. I’m pretty sure the video was terrible, although it did involve an awesome visual effects shot with an action figure and some fishing line.
EARLY VIDEO PRODUCTION
I moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and began working at a music technology company in promotions and artist relations. My first day on the job, I was tasked with filming an artist interview and editing it in Final Cut Pro on a Mac workstation. YouTube was just starting to gain momentum and we were creating videos for the company website. A few years later, that lead to a new role as multimedia designer at another music technology company, where I devoted 100% of my time to video production.
SEEING BOTH SIDES
Many times we were launching several products at once with accompanying videos, so I often coordinated additional work with freelance videographers. This gave me a glimpse into what it was like to hire videographers and where the pain points were as a client. It also helped me see where the workflow could be improved for everyone involved.
I left that company to start my own business creating videos for online marketing. Organizations now hire me to film and edit videos for their online platforms, YouTube channels, social media and websites. I’m passionate about making communication less complicated and connecting with people through images and sound.
I am a videographer and video editor based in Pasadena, California. I work in the Los Angeles area.