I was always making something. I was a Lego kid. I started playing piano at 6 years old and at 11 I transitioned to guitar. In middle school I taught myself HTML code and made a couple of my own websites. None of them were impressive, but it was fun doing it!
I’ve also always LOVED animation. As a 7th grader I found a website that let me animate on the computer. I made goofy short stories about an angry penguin, or the adventures of “Chuck”, a square with legs, and a party hat. Creating was fun! Simple as that.
Then I started making videos…
When I was in middle school, my friend got a Flip Cam for Christmas. It’s funny how a middle schooler in front of a camera feels empowered to do so many wacky things. Of course, after we filmed our shenanigans, I would splice it together in Windows Movie Maker and publish it to YouTube. I’m sure somewhere on the internet one or two of those horribly embarrassing videos still exist.
I had so much fun making videos, animations and websites that I never thought it could turn into a job. I just figured that a job couldn’t be that fun. Well, luckily for me, I was wrong.
After graduating high school, I started an internship at Heritage Church. That year Heritage was one of the 100 fastest growing churches in America (we were also on the list in 2015)! It was a great opportunity for me to hone my craft. I spent 6 months learning not only video, but also design, web, and growing musically. It gave me the opportunity to do everything that I already loved doing! They offered me a job at the end of my internship.
The time I spent on staff at Heritage was extremely beneficial. I was allowed to take risks and try new techniques to keep growing. I had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects, from 3D video mapping, to directing several TV commercials. I was given opportunities that many in their early twenties don’t get.
From there I went on to intern at Quicken Loans, where I am now. Every week I have experience explosive growth. I have been given opportunities to join in on projects that I never dreamed of ever doing, like a stop-motion animation for the opening of the Children’s Tumor Foundation Benefit!
At the end of the day. It’s not that complicated. I do what I do because I enjoy it. Learning is fun. Creating something new is fun. Life is just fun.
Photoshop, After Effects, Indesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Speedgrade, Lightroom, HTML, CSS, and Cinema 4D
Quicken Loans | Motion Graphics Intern | September 2016 – Present
Heritage Church | Content Creator | October 2013 – September 2016
Freelance | Photography | 2012 – Present
Freelance | Videography | 2013 – Present
Freelance | Graphic Design | January 2015 – Present
The Non Essentials:
Hobbies: Guitar, Piano, Music composition/recording, Music editing/mixing, Reading, Coffee drinking, and volunteering with youth at my church.