I have worked in journalism for eight years, branching often into marketing and sponsored content. At my core I am a storyteller, specializing in cinematography.
As a field producer I have risen to challenges in many austere environments, including Iraq, Korea, India, Mexico and Standing Rock. I have also done on-camera correspondent work for documentary projects in Haiti and across the United States.
I believe documentary filming is simple, but not easy. I don't wait for inspiration; I keep a camera ready for when it comes. I toil at the technical, ace the audio and prioritize verité. I know how to find the perfect shot, but I'm Zen enough to settle for good if chasing it might disturb the honest vibe of a scene. If the video feels true, I know the work is worthy.
When I'm not in the field, I'm happiest sharing what I've learned with others. I've taught college students as well as working professionals, typically offering hands-on field production and editing skills.
As a Marine veteran, I also mentor service members through their transition to civilian life - especially those angling for careers in journalism. I believe veterans are under-represented in the media industry, and they offer a diversity of experience and first-hand knowledge that is invaluable to newsrooms.