My journey so far...
I grew up outside of Detroit and loved the movies. So I got a camera and started making little films with my friends. After I graduated from Michigan State I got a job doing the same thing at the local TV station and discovered that I had a knack for it. I worked my way up through the ranks and got hired to shoot for a syndicated TV show in Los Angeles where I discovered an amazing world that would change my life forever. I started a production company, named it Incue and began producing HBO “First Look” shows about big movies. Really big. Suddenly I was working alongside the same stars and directors I loved in the movies back home. I learned filmmaking from the greatest filmmakers in the world. Guys like Robert Zemeckis (Contact), Oliver Stone (Any Given Sunday) and Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon). These are projects where the ability to consistently exceed the expectations of three very different bosses with very different goals—the studio, the network and the filmmakers—is essential. And those expectations came with deadlines. My show would be airing on Tuesday at 8 o'clock and the HBO executives would be looking at the ratings Wednesday morning. They never had to worry. I hit every deadline and every detail was perfect.
HBO was impressed and asked me to produce and direct comedy promos with the greatest comedy talent in the world, people like
Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Dennis Miller and Jerry Seinfeld. As a director I learned to create an environment where the talent was completely comfortable and knew that they were in good hands. It’s a skill that I use to this day, especially when working with people who aren’t used to being in front of the camera. I know how to put people at ease, find the story, draw it out of them and tell it in a compelling way.
The result is that the viewer feels something. A connection is created. Which is all that really matters in the end.
The skills I mastered in Hollywood - storytelling, lighting, camera, editing, budget, schedule, interviewing - affect all of my work
to this day.
Now I’m based out of North Carolina and often travel for work. I continue to work on HBO shows, but have added corporate video to my work. My corporate clients here in NC appreciate the storytelling abilities I honed in Hollywood and recognize the power of great storytelling instead of just graphs and charts. I call it information with heart. And I now have some pretty important local clients who
ask for me when they need it done right. People like Brad Wilson, the CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC. And Brad Davis, Executive Director of WakeMed Foundation.
It’s been quite a journey so far and I'm just getting started. Contact me at the link below and let's make something great.