This past year has been an absolute whirlwind for me. As of last fall I had just transferred to John Brown University to attend film school after blowing out my knee while playing basketball my freshman year (effectively losing my scholarship), and working to get my grades to a certain level and earn an art scholarship my sophomore year. Here I am this time last year - a junior in college attending film school for the first time. I owned one camera, one lens, one microphone, and a monopod. I didn't even own a tripod at this point. Those of you that know me know that leading up to last fall, I'd been shooting professionally since I was 15 years old. While it wasn't always as a lead shooter, it was amazing experience I still carry with me to this day. Through a very hectic series of events between August to last November, I met Miles, Miles hired me, I took over as his lead creative director for video. The end right?
Almost this time a year ago I tweeted this:
Since that tweet I've taken part in some of the coolest projects, biggest weddings, met some of the most incredible people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, revamped the video business concept, helped companies build their brands, traveled thousands of miles, visited parts of the country and world I used to dream of, and vastly overachieved on my personal goal I set a year ago.
I want to use this blog post as a little bit of a recap with some words of encouragement for those of you striving after dreams you think are impossible to achieve. Below are some (not all) of the projects I took part in this past year, along with a list of the places I visited and some of the experiences I had along the way. What you see on social media is only a small sliver of what life is actually like for me. Yes - I am an adventurer, a writer, a filmmaker. I travel and shoot amazing things for a living. But it isn't all glamour. Reality is this: I was just a kid with a camera, a dream, and a clear vision of how to get there. Now - the vision is still there, the dreams have grown bigger, and the expectations have risen. Guess you'll have to stay tuned to see how the rest plays out over the next year, 5 years, 15 years...
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the projects I was a part of this year. In fact - it's really only the beginning. To see more of my work, check out my Vimeo (and soon my YouTube page)! Where did all of these take place? This year I traveled to Little Rock, Conway, Boston, Plymouth, New York City, Atlanta, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park, Kansas, Wyoming, Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey.
Moral of the story: relentlessly chase your dreams. Craft a clear vision, know what direction you want to go in, and take whatever steps necessary to get there. All it takes is one camera, one lens, and the right attitude. You just might be surprised where you might end up.