In 2003 I purchased my first computer. It was a Gateway and it was primarily for word processing and to get around on the internet. I would give you the specs on what I ended up with, but I had no clue as to what any of it meant at the time, and therefore could not tell you what I had–but it was cheap! Little did I know that this single naive purchase would be life changing.
In playing around on my new toy, I stumbled across Windows Movie Maker. Using a home video camera I purchased just before my firstborn son’s first birthday and my consumer-ready, pre-installed software, I found my passion for the visual arts and media production. I had no idea what I was getting into, and I had zero budget, but anything on the topic I could get my hands on was like gold to me. The day I discovered the world of post production, my nights grew longer and my mornings came earlier. I was spending ten to twelve hours per day working and reworking videos. It only got worse when I got ahold of a bootleg copy of Adobe Photoshop 6. I spent all of my time doing layout graphics and figuring out ways to make my art move.
The thing that intrigued me the most about video production was the fact that you could tell a story in less time with much more impact while engaging more than one of the five senses, giving you the potential to hit a much larger audience. With this potential as my motivation, I wanted even my early productions to push the limits of my tools and to be the best representation of my abilities at the time. This mentality brought out the inner perfectionist in me. If I don’t care about the production why should any body else care about the end product?
After 7 years of education from the school of “hard knocks” I sought a formal training regiment and was fortunate to become 100% reliant on the visual arts for income.