Telling a story. From the beginning, story-telling was always something that fascinated me. But the thing that captured my attention the most about stories was the ability to experience what the characters were experiencing. Through their eyes and their thoughts, I had the opportunity to really get to know an unique individual.
Through film, this connection between viewer and character is strengthened.. Through film, we are given the permission to physically see and hear what the characters saw and heard. The ability to create this connection for others to enjoy is one of the reasons I decided to become a cinematographer.
In order to pursue my goal, I left my home in O'ahu for Santa Barbara where I graduated with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in college, I was blessed with the chance to shoot breaking jams and video features for STRIFE. a Youtube channel that promoted hip hop culture through digital content, social outreach, and event production. By working with STRIFE. I not only was able to hone my camera technique and film-making intuition, but I also got to meet new people and hear their stories. I learned what drove their desire to pursue breaking and inspiration for their style among other things.
After college, at the suggestion of those close to me, I sought out my next adventure in Hong Kong. During my time there, I met some lifelong friends while solidifying my own film style. I faced new challenges in creating a compelling story through working closely with brands such as HYPETRAK, HYPEBEAST, Konzepp, and Juan-Carlos Aquino. Because of what I experienced there, I will always memorialize Hong Kong as the place where I started learning how to be creatively active.
I am now currently back in Los Angeles, starting anew, ready and willing to create and listen to new stories.