I've wanted to tell stories and make movies since I was a kid.
For a long time I thought I wanted to be an actor. It was the only role I knew from watching movies. I took acting classes and even starred in a commercial once. It wasn't until much later that I realized just how many people are involved in pulling a film together, and that what I really wanted was to bring a story to life.
I don't think I ever really considered filmmaking a career option. Nothing in the "Future Career Assessment" the guidance counselors gave me in high school pointed me in that direction.
Over the last few years since graduating University, I’ve focused more and more on exploring what interests me. I’ve found myself going back to the foundations that have existed since I was young - telling stories and collaborating with others. Over the last four years as I explored my interest in filmmaking, and while I was self-teaching throughout the years, I think I always knew that I wanted to go back to school.
In Summer 2018, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Luckily we caught it early and moved fast, which meant that treatment was limited to a routine procedure and some recovery time. For some people, a cancer scare makes them reevaluate their life goals and priorities, but for me it simply solidified the conviction to learn as much as I can.
As a result, I’m happy to announce that starting this September I will begin my MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University in New York City.
Going back to school scares the hell out of me... but I believe that fear is a strong indicator of what should be your North Star, helping guide how you spend your life. I’m scared because I am passionate about filmmaking and I care a lot.
Caring about things makes us vulnerable - to failure, to embarrassment, to mockery, and to our own insecurities. We are exposed to the world and - more importantly - to ourselves. If I’m not scared, then I’m not pushing myself into situations that take risk.
It also excites me though. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to immerse myself in something I love, getting to learn as much as I can soak up, and surrounding myself with others who are just as passionate as me.
I plan to use this site to write up a quick update ‘every seven’ days. It won’t always happen but I’ll do my best. Things are going to be busy when I start in September, so be patient with me.