(The 10 Second, “I don’t have a lot of time” version)
I am a life long learner with many skills and interests. A masterful videographer, director, graphic designer, photographer, educator, and DJ with a deep rooted proclivity for art, music, politics and sports. I’ve earned my college degree, worked professionally in multiple fields such as education, social work, sports broadcasting, and municipal agencies. I love to work, enjoy my free time to the fullest, and have the constant strength to strive to be the best person I can be each day.
(The eloquent, loquacious version)
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Los Angeles, California. During my Middle School and High School years, my passion was percussion. I thrived as a lead percussionist in the Santa Monica High School Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, as well as various extraneous musical endeavors. After finishing my high school career at Santa Monica High School, I went to San Francisco State University where I was initially a music major. As I began to become attracted to more digital and visual platforms, I became a student in Broadcasting. In 2002, I earned my BA in BECA (Broadcasting and Electronic Communication Arts) with an emphasis in video production.
My first passion project was Distortion 2 Static (D2S), where I was a key figure in creating what would become an influential and renowned television show. D2S would prove to be an instrumental facet of the Bay Area urban music life style, and is referenced by many current figures in the Hip Hop community. D2S was where I was able to apply the skills learned from my degree, and was a great asset to my social, creative, and professional life. D2S’ lifespan would last for an entire decade, spanning from 2002-2012.
While I wasn’t working with D2S, I served as an educator and mentor, working with agencies such as San Francisco Unified School District and Alameda County. My proudest duty began in 2009, when I contributed to the realm of social work with Beats, Rhymes, and Life (BRL), a non-profit (501c3) organization that specializes in using Hip Hop as form of therapy. BRL has become a mainstay in the community of Oakland, and continues to serve youth and young adults in disenfranchised communities of the Bay Area.
While working with Beats, Rhymes, and Life, I began to accelerate my work as a videographer. In addition to being an artist in residence and group facilitator at BRL, I would also help the video production aspect of the organization by making promotional videos, PSA’s, music videos, and more to help promote the organization. During this time, I also devoted more effort to design and composition, which has helped me tremendously as a videographer both inside the organization and out.
In 2010, I began a passion project entitled the Roy Ayers Project, which is a documentary that pays homage to the legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers. The Roy Ayers Project is an accompaniment to a selfmate production entity which I call 70|30, which focuses on the preservation, presentation, and documentation of culture and lifestyle influenced by people of color. My continuous work both personally and professionally would eventually lead to an editor position at Bleacher Report from 2013-2015, where I served as a video editor.
In 2015, I relocated back to Los Angeles, where I currently reside. I have most recently worked on various freelance and temp video and design projects with entities such as the California Endowment, the City of Inglewood, NFL Networks, Rock the Vote, and more, and I still find time to DJ frequently at venues throughout the city. Moving forward, I hope to expand my knowledge as a visual artist by continuing to work hard, while at the same time having fun and enjoying new experiences.
Currently, I am working for The City of Inglewood with the newly created division of Video and Social Media. We are a growing team of creatives dedicated to promoting the beautiful city of Inglewood, and orchestrating new and innovative ways in which the public receives their civic information.
Thank you for listening.