If anyone ever asked where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do, it revolved around either going to the theater or going to watch a baseball game. As a teenager, I spent a summer making little skits with friends and family and a camcorder. It was the beginning of everything.
In my 20's, I spent a lot of time writing. One night I bemoaned out loud to my girlfriend, "That I wish I could make my own movie."
"Do it. Just make it." she responded.
With that I wrote a short film, about someone staring out the window of their Baltimore window, thinking about life and looking at lights. I purposely did it as low scale as I could muster. I wanted to create something that I could grow from.
The next couple of films didn't work out as well as I had hoped, and again bemoaned to the girlfriend about how I needed to get better at making films.
"Why don't you go to film school than?"
Next thing I know, I find myself clear across the country in Los Angeles studying at the New York Film Academy. I was excited to learn about all that I could, get some practical hands on experience, and work on a ton of sets.
Some of the people I spent time with in Los Angeles are still close friends today, and some of my favorite people to work with. With degree in hand, I went back to Baltimore to figure out the next step.
When I got back to Baltimore, I started putting into action a plan for the foreseeable future. With my college friend Rob, we created a media company using the name I had used for all my films up until that point. O The Anthem.
Over the next several years, we launched the award nominated O The Anthem podcast, where we talked about news that interested us: current events, sports, and a lot about film. We had investigative episodes, interviews with people like DeRay McKesson, and had a lot of fun along the way.
It also proved to be a great launch point into sound mixing, with my trusty Behringer mixing board in front of me, I delved into audio production. In addition Rob and I created another short film, and a 6 episode web-series.
In 2016, I moved to Los Angeles with Rob and my girlfriend Rachel, with the goal of working exclusively in film production. Since then I have been working steadily on set on a bunch of really incredible projects.
Since moving to LA, the majority of my work has been as an on set sound mixer and it has been a perfect fit for me. With years of experience between the podcast and all the films I have made, I really strive at getting sound right on set.
In addition, I have worked on some projects in post (ADR, Sound Mixing, Editing) and continued writing projects of my own. I always like challenging myself, and learning something new.
Baltimore brings humble beginnings, and I know what it is like to try and make films on skeleton crews and trying to make something beautiful at the end of the day. I know what a blessing it is to say that I work on set, be a part of the crew, and work together for a common goal.
My goal going forward is simple, to work on set in the sound department, to write and direct my own projects whenever I have the opportunity, and to help people. When you have a winning attitude, a caring personality, and the drive to do the best you can, anything is possible.