Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?
I have lived in St. Albans, WV all my life. I have a B.S. in Communications from West Virginia State University, and I’ve attended a grip and electric workshop hosted by the WV Film Office through Film Industry Training Seminars LLC.
What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?
My first job in the film industry was as a production assistant for the 2nd Annual WVSU Student Film Festival. I was a student in adjunct professor Sam Holdren’s Advanced Filmmaking class at the time. I ended up working as a 2nd assistant camera on a short film of his titled “Exceptance.” The short film recently debuted at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. The experience was incredible, and it opened doors to me that I never thought were possible in West Virginia.
What was your last job and what were you responsible for?
Since then, I have worked on another short film (“Transcience”), a feature (“Meadowbridge”), a series of commercials for the West Virginia Lottery (“We Love to Play”), a training video (AEP Leadership), Mountain Stage as a camera operator, “The Legislature Today” for WVPB as a production assistant, and the NBC-Seeso web series show, “My Brother, My Brother and Me” as a 2nd assistant camera which filmed in Huntington for several weeks this past September. The last thing I worked on was two documentaries for Image Associates in the audio department. You can find out more about me at www.imdb.com/name/nm6546546/.
What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?
My advice is to take initiative and become well-rounded in every department. Make friends. That is the most important thing. The film community here in WV is a great one, and you can really stunt your growth and limit your job opportunities if you let your ego get in the way. Be respectful of others’ jobs. From craft services to producers, we all play an integral part in the filmmaking process.