Must have been 5 years ago, skateboarding through the streets of London with a few close friends, I was passed small handy-cam with a flip out screen.
I took the my role seriously, the camera made me important, and the better I got at using it, the more important I became among my group and to other skateboards. I was hooked, a few months down the line, I scrapped up the little money I had and bought the best DSLR I could find. I spent the next one to two years filming every day, morning till night around heart of London and Kingston, getting kicked out of spots, spending 3 hours filming one trick, feeling like I was going to collapse – but it was worth it.
I had to learn everything off Youtube, but soon enough I became an expert at filming skateboarding. I was asked to start filming for a few companies on a freelance basis, I knew from that point that I wanted to be videographer for the rest of my life, it was poorly paid for a long time, but I knew the opportunities were out there; a year on, I quit my retail job, started up a production circle and began my journey to make filming into a career. Now I work with Atlantic Records, American Crew and international fashion companies such as SikSilk and Pyrex Clothing, but I always wanted to work as team, to create something bigger, more extravagant than my low-budget productions.
So here I am, at LCC, trying to gain the skills, knowledge and credentials to become a DOP in the film industry, making valuable contacts along the way, who will no doubt be there for rest of my life.