“Like my mother always said, “Jessy, you can never own too many television sets.”
When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a sitcom writer. Wake up in the morning, make my cereal, and catch Monty Hall on reruns of Let’s Make a Deal. Every summer I would have a goal to watch a complete series of a classic television show. I would cherish every minute I would spend with Cliff Huxtable, Marcia Brady, Samantha Stephens, Gilligan, and the Beaver too. I’ve always known that one day I would see myself in the credits. I made my way to the AVL after I graduated college and found a program that matched amateur filmmakers up with studios in their area. The day I walked into Story Point Media when they were filming “Magic in the Forest” was when I knew filmmaking was where I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I had my interview with Mr. Menick that went a little like this:
Jessy: Well, I graduated college with a degree in photography and digital imaging. I can work well in the studio and I can do lighting set-ups with strobes.
Jon: Strobes are lame but you can come every day anyway.
So I did and still do.
I try to do as much as I possibly can behind the camera because I want to be able to share the joy that I got when I was in school.