Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?
I was born and raised in Charleston, WV. I’m currently living in Wilmington, NC.
What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?
My first production job was as an Office PA for a feature called “Little Accidents.” It filmed in Beckley during the summer of 2013. I loved being a part of the process, being on set, and getting wrapped up in the whole project. I especially loved the “off the clock” times with the people that quickly become your family. However, I learned very quickly that I much prefer to be on the ground and working with my hands than sitting in an office.
What was your last job and what were you responsible for?
My last job was as the art director for a feature called “What the Night Can Do,” which filmed in Greenbrier and Monroe Counties in September and October. I must say, it was a fantastic job. My responsibilities were bringing the designer’s ideas to fruition. I had to build hot tub decks, rabbit wrens, gates, and move lots of furniture. I was also responsible for a 15-foot bonfire. All in all, a great project.
What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?
I would tell a person looking to do this type of work to have patience. It isn’t a regular job market, but never hesitate and persevere. I’ve been doing this for 3 years and I’ve learned enough from other people to last 10 years – and I’m still learning. Be bold, but be attentive. There’s always another trick to learn.