When I was little I use to always play with action figures. Looking back, it seems like everyday there was a new situation that came up and Batman had to go save the day or my G.I.Joes had to go save the president. I had tons of action figures to play with. I had army guys, marvel characters, dc character, pretty much any kind of action figure I had. Now that I am older, I realized that I never really stopped making up situations for my action figures. Creating a story to tell, filming the story with actors, and editing all of the footage to make a story come to life is just like playing action figures. I would make up the stories in my head, pick which toys to use, and then play. Up to this point in my life I have been creative in many different avenues like drawing, photography, and cinematography.
When I was in elementary school going into middle school I loved to draw. Back then, drawing for me was how I could express myself. It was how I could get all of the thoughts and dreams I had inside of me out. I loved art class in both elementary school and in middle school. Learning different artists didn’t really excite me back then, it was more about learning new techniques and styles of drawing.
As I transitioned into middle school, my parents bought a Mac and I soon discovered iMovie. In sixth and seventh grade, I was editing on iMovie probably fifty percent of the time. I loved learning the software on my own without anyone having to teach me. I had found a new avenue to vent and use all the creative ideas I had inside of me. Soon I bought a handycam and a green screen and I was on my way. I learned how to use a green screen and also taught myself how to use puppets.
As I transitioned into my early years of high school, everything began coming full circle. I went back to my roots of drawing pictures, I created some videos for classes at school, and I even started taking pictures. I realized that I really enjoyed the similarities that video and photographs share. At the time, I was a starter for my school’s baseball team which meant I had little if any time to do creative things.
The summer going into my Junior year of high school, I spent the whole summer praying about what God wanted to do in and through me. Towards the end of the summer, I knew without a shadow of a doubt what I needed to do. I called my baseball coach and met with him and explained that I wanted to be able to take a film class at school. That year was one of the best years that I can remember. So much growth came out of that decision spiritually and creatively.
Over my high school career I have: won first place in a talent show with a video, been apart of the filming and editing of The Bulldog Nation, have filmed a total of three videos for Bible class (one being a documentary), had a lead role in two musicals at school, started varsity baseball, designed three homecoming dance logos, designed two t shirt designs, won a basketball picture competition in photography class, been the producer of most of the Bulldog Nations this year, and I have acted on screen as well as come up with several of the ideas and logos for the Bulldog Nation.