I fancy myself as a business-minded entrepreneur with a passion for filmmaking. What does that mean? Who really knows, the point is that I am passionate about what I do and thrive in a creative space.
How did I get into filmmaking?
This question will take a bit longer to answer so get your popcorn ready. It all started when I was very young; I wanted to be a fireman. I mean what kid didn’t want to be a fireman, right? OK, that may be taking you a bit too far back. Around 10 years old -there we go that’s much better-, I became fascinated with horror movies and how they were able to make things look so real. Looking back now, a lot of those movies were pretty cheesy and fake looking, but give a kid a break, I was 10 years old! I later found out that a lot of the movie tricks were done with animatronics, so that’s what I wanted to do when I was older.
Fast-forward several years, the movie industry was changing and with the advancement of computers more and more was being done with CGI instead of animatronics. To summarize, animatronics out, and computers were the new cool kid on the block. By the age of 15 I was a big movie buff. Seeing as my opportunity to be in the animatronics field was dwindling, I thought that I wanted to direct. I figured I was pretty good at bossing people around so why not? Now the only problem was I had no idea how one becomes a director.
Fast-forward a couple more years; I was 19 and ready to apply for college. NYU, Full Sail, SCAD, etc. Right? Wrong, Florida, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Georiga Tech, WHAT? Something had gone terrible wrong between the ages of 15 and 19, and somewhere along the way I seemed to veer off path. I wanted to be making movies, not going to engineering school. I guess somewhere along the way I thought my chances of becoming a director were pretty slim so I started thinking of a new life path. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I thought I wanted to be an engineer, but after two years at Georgia Tech I decided to switch majors to business management.
After four years I graduated with a business management degree with a focus in marketing from Georgia Tech. I entered the telecommunications sales industry, and quickly switched to commercial real estate, focusing on industrial and office properties. After the economy collapsed in late 2008, I found myself at a crossroad: I could continue to lease and sell property in the worst real estate market in over 70 years, or I could use this downturn as an opportunity to get back to being creative. At around the same time, a group of several other people and I started WakeGirls, a company that focuses on the women of wake sports. The wakeboarding industry is video-heavy, and through WakeGirls I found my love for video production. But what about real estate you ask? That’s when I had an AHA! moment. Why not combine the two? And that’s exactly what I set out to do.
So that’s my story. I am passionate about what I do and take pride in each opportunity that comes my way. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.