After three decades of retail management, I made a change. While pursuing a degree in journalism, I experience the art and joy of photography. I was writing and photographing a story for the Southwestern College college newspaper when I came across the video and film department.
The contact with that department piqued my interest, so I took a video course, beginning an odyssey of love. Something that began as an aspiration became a passion. My first projects were historical documentaries. This led to a training video for the Sweetwater Union High School District that has led to a video production business.
I have had numerous promotion projects for schools and some retail businesses. I was involved with what is considered California’s model after school program that boasts a 90% attendance from its parent school. The program is sought after for training and modeling for programs locally and around California.
The school district I worked with has the largest middle school program in California and has provided me many wonderful opportunities, such as an anti bullying series in cooperation with a San Diego State University. The project included reenactments, photography, motion graphics, narration and music scored for the project. It benefitted both the students and the administration greatly, as well as showed the parents the value of the program.
I have video taped many travels in preparation for special interest travel videos, some of which include Yellowstone, Teton and Yosemite National parks, including abundant wildlife coverage.
I have also worked in collaboration with other writers developing a world travel program and a gold panning series. The stars of these projects include Don Robinson, a national gold panning champion, and Randall Peeters, the oldest person to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. Both of these projects have been enjoyable and rewarding.