Month: January 2015


Why I Wear a Hoodie at Work

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Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

Perception. This is a key ingredient to life. I often ask myself how I am being perceived in any given situation that life throws my way. Perception is a big deal in the workplace. Men and Women dress up everyday in their power suits looking to climb the corporate ladder. I hear from them that they often dream of a time where they can just dress casually and work. I believe that society has put soooooo much pressure on how we dress that it can stifle our productivity.

People spend most of their time in the mornings making choices. Does this shirt match this tie? Does this skirt go with this blouse? Should I iron these clothes? Should my dress socks match my outfit? Should I comb my hair to the side? And so on…


I recently read that many of the most influential people of our time wear the same thing (style wise) everyday. Steve Jobs wore the black turtle neck, Mark Zuckerberg and his grey t-shirt (Google: Mark Zuckerberg Outfit). Why do individuals like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same thing everyday?

Keeping their style consistent frees up time to focus on decisions that actually matter.

The average human spends about 30–45 minutes daily deciding on what to wear to work that day. That is about 3 hours and 45 minutes every week and 195 hours every year. Can you imagine opening up 195 hours every year to make important decisions to further your career or personal goals? In the morning is when I do my best thinking. My brain comes off of a night of sleeping and is charged and ready to go. I create some of my best ideas while getting ready for work and during the commute.

I recently got an assortment of zip-up hoodies in a variety of colors to wear to work. I wear these hoodies over-top of a button up shirt and tie, with dress pants. Really all I have to do is reach into the closet and grab a hoodie and dress shirt with a tie. Not much thought is involved. Recently I was approached by a peer and he said that a hoodie is not appropriate work attire. This made me question my decision to go with this simple decision making outfit. Am I being viewed as too laid back to those who do not understand my decision? Maybe. However, my work will speak for itself.

Wearing a Hoodie Builds my Personal Brand

Just like Jobs and Zucks, wearing similar clothing on a regular basis helps define and build a personal brand. For those of you who don’t know, I work as an arts recruiter for Coker College in South Carolina. When I attend arts conferences in the South East, I wear the same style of clothes throughout the entire conference. During the audition or portfolio review portion of the conference I sit on the front row, engaging and interacting with the students. There are hundreds of other college reps in attendance but I want to make an impact. I sit through hundreds of these auditions and I maintain the same level of engagement and energy with every student who auditions. Afterwards, students have told me that they were glad to have the “bearded guy in the hoodie” there watching the auditions. They even said that I showed them I cared about their performances. They said I made them feel a little less nervous and they hoped that the “bearded guy in the hoodie” would give them a call back.

The Hoodie Helped Brand Me

So, not only do I save time and give myself opportunities to make strong professional choices, the hoodie also helps define my personal brand to make me a recognizable figure to increase my results at work.

For you, it doesn’t have to be a hoodie. It can be a cardigan sweater, polka dots, or any other fashion style, but I would seriously recommend finding a style that fits “YOU.”


Create Films Like a Music Conductor

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In order to create a film that “moves” an audience emotionally, you have to do research on how to connect to those emotions in a variety of different mediums. There are many studies by psychologists on theories why we get emotionally invested in a film experience. You can read the opinions by many experts to get to the bottom of it, but I am a more practical person. I tend to seek after those who embody the characteristics of influencing a mass of people to connect with one another in complete harmony, to sing with one voice, and to feel the same one emotion while journeying through a body of work. Those people who influence my filmmaking style are music conductors.

Picture this. You are in Carnegie Hall in NYC. You walk out onstage and stand between a 200 person choir and a sold out crowd. You are responsible for leading not only the tempo and musicality of the choir, but the emotional delivery and connectivity with the audience. This connection with the audience is most effective when the choir is working together as ONE. They are hitting the right notes, they are blending together, and working as ONE to create an experience for the audience.

It all stems from the Conductor.

As I am shooting and editing a film (whatever it is I am filming) I imagine myself as a music conductor. Every camera movement, every cut I make in editing, every bit of audio included in the film is created like I am holding a wand and conducting a choir. Sometimes I even close my eyes and listen for the music while I am filming. My goal is to film like a musician. That may sound strange but to me it is the essence of how I create imagery. The crescendos and staccatos in every film clip help guide the audience to connect with the film. If you are thinking like a music conductor only at the time a soundtrack is placed into a film; it is too late. You have to begin from the script writing stage all the way through post production. Thinking like a music conductor will assist in establishing a foundation in a film. Something you can return to if you are having trouble figuring out camera angles or script edits. Even when I am shooting a wedding film, during my initial meeting with a client, I start piecing together their story and connect with it emotionally. This way I can shoot the wedding day with a clear foundation of the essence of their story.

Personal / Inspiration

The Timid Launch of My Blog


This is not easy for me. For those of you who know me, you know that I am not the most outgoing person when it comes to my thoughts. I protect my thoughts and ideas as though they were some secret formula to figuring me out. I kind of like being the mysterious type. I am often asked, “What goes on inside of that head?” on a consistent basis. I have been reading a few books lately on sharing my work and my thoughts. This blog, I hope, will guide me in becoming more transparent to others.

My brain operates analytically. I enjoy figuring out why and how things work. I spend much of my time in deep thought; trying to figure out solutions to problems (Mostly, in my own life.)

I am a creative type.

Looking for an adventure and appreciating the world around me brings me solitude. Brings me peace. Joy.

The truth is, I care. The world around me, the people, YOU! I care about others more than I care about myself. I have a hard time saying NO. I enjoy helping others. You shoot me a message and I will drop EVERYTHING to help out. It’s in my nature and my DNA.

My wish for this blog is that I can share with you a glimpse of what is happening in my life and my work. Legacy is important to me. If this blog makes an impact on ONE person, then it was well worth it.



My First Wedding With the Canon C100

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This is the first wedding I shot with the Canon C100 camera body. I am in love with this camera. Not only does this camera capture a beautiful image but it also is small/compact and great in low light situations. I am so glad that I was able to get my hands on one for this film.

Downside: it doesn’t shoot at high frame rates or above 1080p without an external recorder.

Gear Used:

Canon C100

Canon 5DMIII

Canon 135mm L 2.0

Canon 24-105mm L 4.0

Canon 50mm L 1.2

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