You’ve done a lot of work for the NFL and even traveled with Antonio Brown during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers (note: Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders on March 9, 2019). What was that like? Any memorable moments or highlights while traveling?
Well, working with Antonio brown was a dream and goal of mine. You know, nowadays people dream of meeting a celebrity. Kids say things like, if so-and-so retweets my tweet, I’ll DIE. My life will be complete. Its sad to see people view celebrities this way and to have such low self-esteem. I set out and said, I will work with AB. I loved the Steelers since I was a kid, and he’s my favorite athlete. So you know what? That’s what I did.
The one lesson I always preach is to go do it; if the opportunity isn’t there, create it. I could tell countless stories of amazing experiences with Antonio and NFL, but let me tell you how it started. I tweeted to AB and he followed and tweeted me back after I made a bet with him about the NCAA basketball finals. I ended up losing (winning) the bet by offering to ‘be his assistant free for a year.’
Now this led us to essentially meet each other online. He found me on Instagram and saw my work and I used the opportunity to say hey, let’s film something. Now, at the time, I had a job at a production company so I couldn’t just leave DC and go to Pittsburgh on a whim. So after some missed opportunities, we stopped talking really and I was bummed about it. A couple months later I was getting ready to leave my job as I knew the company was heading down a bad road (it closed a year later) and thought all was lost with working with AB. He didn’t respond much and I was hours away. Then a friend of mine said why don’t you edit something awesome with the footage that exists? Why not make some great edits and SHOW him what you can do?
I did exactly that. And it worked. AB loved the edits and posted them on his Instagram. We met when he came to DC for a signing, and that’s how our relationship started.
As far as the NFL, it’s been the best experience of my life. I was able to meet a senior producer at a shoot I was at with AB. I made sure to introduce myself and was even able to edit a short Instagram teaser clip right there on the spot for him, and that’s how that relationship started. Football is my favorite sport by far and to be able to collaborate with the NFL on big projects and television content is a dream come true.
What about your most recent trip with Russell Wilson and Ciara?
Incredible trip. Russell and Ciara were sweethearts and great to work with. I'm excited for everyone to see the final product. Not sure when that’ll be though. It was challenging filming large events and having to cover so much in a short period of time, but that’s when efficiency and skill play a big part in getting the shots.