From the days when I lugging around my father's video camera, making stupid videos of my brother and myself, to editing commercials that have appeared on network television, I've always enjoyed so many parts of the process from start to finish. I'm comfortable behind the camera as well as in front of it. Why limit yourself?
I started using SVHS deck-to-deck editing but quickly took to using Adobe Premier 4.2 back in the early 1990s. From there I went on to Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer, but still use whatever tools are necessary to get the job done. That's not limited to video editing. You'll often find open windows of Adobe After Effects, Apple Compressor, and DVD Studio Pro. I'm also often found setting up the camera and lighting for a shoot as well as setting up or troubleshooting any of the equipment that may have issues. I'm not afraid to take something apart that isn't doing what it should.
AERIAL PHOTO AND VIDEO
I've put those years of playing video games to good use. I'm a Part 107 certified SUAS pilot (small unmanned aerial systems), which is important. If a drone is being used to further a business in any way, you must use a certified pilot during the flight. Otherwise you and the drone operator risk being fined by the FAA. (Seriously!)
I've always loved audio. Music, voice-over, sound effects, foley. It's just another art form, manipulated and contoured for the ear. I had a very short run performing and recording with a couple of bands. I've even been able to get hand hands dirty with my own recordings, but mostly engineering voice-over work. Some day the world will notice me for my untapped character voices.
Things started out when I recorded my brother's band on an 8-channel audio console fed into a cassette recorder. Around that time, my VO career started with a PSA for Safe Rides, an organization giving no-questions-asked rides home to other young adults. Fast forward to more recent gigs like mixing and recording audio for commercials and training videos, mixing and recording the multi-piece band at church, recording and mastering a 12-CD set of relaxing music and guidance for a local hospital, or my own voice-overs for webcasts and commercials.
0:00 – Sherri Shepherd, LUXHAIR Wigs promo
0:13 – Michael Strahan, VO for T.I.P.S. video
0:27 – Rev Run (Joseph Simmons), “Rev Run Around the World” bumper
0:44 – Kardashians Bank Holiday Binge on E! promo
0:59 – Sharp Aquos Quattron radio spot
1:17 – Nissan City television spot
1:32 – Customer Program Portal demonstration VO
1:45 – Robert Smigel VO recording for “100” character on “Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1”
2:05 – Vocals/on-set audio recording for children’s ESL video “Our Discovery Island”
2:19 – Clarke Peters, documentary VO
2:38 – Harp and VO engineering for 12-CD set, “Self Healing Through Guided Imagery”
3:04 – “O Come O Come Emmanuel”, live audio mixing at Christmas concert
3:40 – SFX & VO recording and mixing for pharmaceutical company drug launch event
When I left college, the last thing I wanted to be doing was web design. Although I had taken it upon myself to being learning HTML, it was not something I was particularly fond of doing. I wasn't a coder and the tools for building sites visually were not nearly as good as they are now. But upon returning to the ad agency that I left before college, they put me in their interactive branch building websites, banners, and animations. Over next couple of years, I grew an appreciation for web design and learned a few things from some great people.
When I was in high school I thought I wanted to design logos when I grew up. My first taste was when I discovered a flyer my father brought home, asking the staff to design a new logo for the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association, the school system my father taught in. I won, but my father got the credit as it was only for the staff. Years later I got a my first real job at an ad agency, learning from some of the smartest and most creative people I've known. It was the start of my career, but also the realization that I didn't want to do print my entire life. I still enjoy it, but other forms of media had beckoned me.
I've always been fascinated by photography and the skills of great photographers, both well-known and closet professionals. There's always something to take from looking at others' photos. It could be composition, lighting, subject, or retouching, but I don't think there's anyone on the planet who isn't always seeing something new. And with so much subject matter, there's always something to shoot.