Radio-Television-Film, Department of Radio-Television-Film
Class of 2020
Can you talk about your career path?
I always wanted to be a filmmaker. Creating stories captivated me like nothing else. I started making home movies as a young kid and never looked back. However, I came into my freshman year thinking there was a big issue in not honing in on a specific role within filmmaking. I was torn in multiple directions between directing, cinematography, and editing. However, by not putting myself in a box, I exposed myself to all of those paths as best I could, letting me be a jack of all trades now. That worked out for the best and if I had to do college over, I’d do the same exact thing.
I started working with Joshua Weissman in January of 2020. Josh had seen my reel on my website and knew my passion for storytelling was exactly what his channel needed to take it up a level. When I came in, we started building the brand from scratch. My experience in motion design helped me create intros for our series. My editing skills helped each video unlock its true potential. My cinematography skills took the visuals up a notch. And my business background helped build the brand.
We both clicked with our creative and business-driven mindsets to elevate the brand to 15 million followers across social media. Ever since then I’ve been living out my dream of directing content for some of the biggest projects on the internet. To see my content viewed and enjoyed by millions of people each day is truly a blessing.
Did you think you'll be making TikTok and YouTube content?
I always enjoyed YouTube content growing up. I was very big into the video game scene when I was in early high school. I’d spend a lot (maybe even too much) time making YouTube videos and that’s really where I learned how to edit. I spent hours learning after effects and premiere every day, trying to make the coolest videos possible for my friends and family. I was a one-man band, doing all aspects of production on the videos which gave me tons of creative breath. I’d say YouTube is really where my love for content creation started, so looking back - I suppose it’s no surprise I’d end up back there!
How are you using the skills that you learned at Moody in your director role?
More than anything I got lots of reps in collaboration, team building, and brand building through my time at Moody. A lot of the classes required group work and more often times than not I found myself in a leadership position within those groups. Many projects also fit the mold of building and scaling a brand identity which has been the main focus of what I do today.
Don’t lock yourself into one path and stay open to all opportunities. You never know where a simple job can take you.