Growing up most kids spend their afternoons playing baseball, soccer, basketball, or some other sport. My friends and I were not like most kids in the sense that we spent our afternoons making “movies” instead of playing sports. One Christmas morning I was given a little video camera, and I was hooked.  I would bring it over to my friend’s house and we would use it to create stories of epic proportions with brave heroes, evil villains, and tons of action. While we were too young to actually figure out how to edit, we were nonetheless passionate. As we grew up we began to stop making movies as it became boring especially if we could not actually watch them. This all changed once we got to high school. 

The first day of high school I walked into my final class of the day called media. I didn’t know it at the time but my life was about to change for the better. This class taught my friends and I all the skills we needed to make actual video content. As soon as we were able to write, direct, shoot, and edit an entire video we were hooked. We found ourselves spending as much time as possible in our media classroom and with our teachers in an attempt to learn as much as we could. We each began to develop our skills and push each other to create the biggest and best videos we could. 

When it was time for graduation some friends pursued work in other fields, and some pursued film. I felt unsure about what I wanted to do and so I decided to go to Immaculata University without declaring a major. Within the first five minutes of my intro to biology class it hit me that if I continued on this road I would never write, shoot, or edit a video ever again. That thought drove me to see an advisor, and by the end of the day I had declared myself an Interactive Digital Media major. From that moment on I looked for any and every opportunity to make videos. I began to shoot videos of almost anything happening on campus. I soon became the go-to video guy on campus for the next four years. 

Upon graduation, I knew I wanted to continue to expose myself to different areas in production until I am able to find what I like best. I was so excited when I found JTWO and saw the type of environment they foster as they work. I am ecstatic to continue to grow my skills while interning here.

This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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