Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?
I was born and raised in Elkview and still reside in the Elkview area. My production team, #TeamSober, and family are what keep me connected to West Virginia.
What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?
The first real job I had in production was for Gen11 studios as a Set Production Assistant for one day on the film “Transience.” It was an eye opening experience. For the first time, I witnessed how people from different backgrounds and skill sets could come together to create a film. I felt a sense of community within the film world and got an opportunity to be part of something that was fun and creative.
What was your last job and what were you responsible for?
The last job I did was as a grip and gaffer for a small promotional video for WM Productions. I performed tasks such as setting up lights, moving and setting up equipment and props, and basically any task that needed to be done on set.
What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?
The best piece of advice I could give is to try to learn a little bit of everything. Don’t try to kill yourself learning it all at once. You’ll get there with time and experience. Just focus on the basics. A person who can do a little bit of everything is a valuable asset on any shoot.