Throughout your career you’ve had the opportunity to film in 15 different states and even go as far as Beijing China. Which location was your favorite? Any memorable moments from any of your trips?
Beijing was an incredible experience. I was there for a month shooting a documentary with two friends I met in college and have since worked with a lot. We got to spend a lot of time just soaking up the culture and eating a lot of incredible food. One of the most memorable moments was hiking the Great Wall with all our film gear in 90 degree weather and nearly 100% humidity. It was insanely hot, but super rewarding! If everything works out, I'll be heading back to China in 2020 for a 6 week project that I'm very excited for!
Your work has been featured on networks such as Netflix, The Discovery Channel, NBC, and the New York Post. Amongst that work , Road To AirVenture - a film you independently produced, shot , and edited , was released on Amazon Instant Video. How did that feel?
Road To AirVenture was the first documentary feature I shot in my career. It was an incredibly validating feeling to get it distributed on a major network. When it comes to Amazon specifically, as long as you meet their quality control requirements, it’s not too hard to get your film on there. But that small success has made me realize all the possibilities and I’m starting to dream bigger now because of it.
Are you currently working on anything new or exciting? Where can we expect to see you in the next 5 years?
I’m always working on new and exciting projects! I’m currently in the development stages of a personal passion project of mine, but I can’t share anything just yet! In the next 5 years I hope to continue shooting bigger and better work. My biggest goal is just not to flatline in my progress. As long as I’m constantly improving, that’s all that matters. Hopefully many more feature films are also in my future!
Do you have any tips or words of advice for filmmakers ( or artists in general ) who hope to follow in your footsteps?
A career in this industry is a roller coaster. You’ll have very high highs and very low lows. You just have to remember that when it’s low, it’ll always go back up again as long as you stay on the tracks. And just because you’re at a high point, it can and will fall, so don’t slack off when things start getting easier. Try to ride each wave as long as you can. My favorite career motto is, “the more you work, the more you’ll work.” Basically, the point is that things will eventually snowball and it will start to get easier and easier the longer you keep at it.