Since college, I worked in live event and film production. While production work has never been my main focus, the skills I've learned have helped in all my endeavors.
I started my film career, like many others, working as a production assistant. This experience was invaluable. As someone who started on small projects, I was often able to do more than fetch coffee and sit in the van—though I did plenty of that as well. I found myself asking questions from people in departments and learning the correct way to behave on set.
I recently began putting all my filmmaking skills to work by making commercials for local businesses. This is an example of a social media video I directed, produced, and edited for Tom's Pet Supply in Astoria.
I also recorded audio for the Tom's Pet Supply video. I first became passionate about sound while filming my short "New Shoes." Eventually, I purchased gear and began recording sound for others.
My current gear list is as follows:
- Sound Devices MixPre-10 II Audio Recorder
- Sennheiser MKH 416-P48
- 2 Sennheiser 100 G4 Wireless Lavalier Microphone
- K-Tek KE-89CC Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable
I've worked in several live event production roles, starting out as a traffic and sanitation coordinator. There, I saw first-hand the value of organization and clear leadership. The job helped me improve my in-the-moment decision-making.
After a few years, I started taking on more supervisory positions. In 2021, I worked for Orenda Events as an assistant supervisor of an overnight medical tent build for the New York City Marathon. The position required ensuring that a team of 50+ laborers stayed on schedule and completed the build before the race. The position required all of my time management, leadership, and organizational skills. I was frequently asked to make decisions without the input of my supervisor and had to build to the exact specifications of the medical professionals in charge of operating the tents.