Let me hit a few highlights before I get into the film stuff. Lets see… I grew up in Kentucky in a very small town where my dad was a farrier and we always had horses. I worked in the Virgin Islands before going to college. I might have stayed in that island paradise forever had I not gotten into Florida States prestigious Film School. I cannot brag on my alma mater enough. FSU provided hands on training in the film industry with extremely small class sizes from amazing industry professionals. While in school I met some of my best friends and continue to work with many of the students from the program today.
Immediately after graduating I moved to Los Angeles, having never visited the city before, to begin working in the film industry. For the first year I worked as an office manager and creative executive assistant at RKO Pictures. I learned a lot as they rebuilt their distribution business and developed their slate. After deciding I wanted to work more in the field I went on to office PA on a Nickolodian TV show and movie after which I was a post PA for the movie and then another TV show. It was another great education to watch a TV show and a movie go from the true beginning all the way through shooting and post.
The one thing that had stayed constant was my love of the camera department. The entire time I had been in L.A. I was shooting whatever I could whenever I could. I made the jump into full freelance as a camera professional and have never looked back. Over the past ten years I have built up my resume, clients, and gear. I have gotten to work with some of my idols and go to some amazing places a small town kid from Kentucky never even imagined. I now am a member of local 600 as a camera operator. I split time between Director of Photography, Steadicam, and camera operating. I have camera, grip, lighting and sound packages and provide a lot of the gear for the shoots I am on.