"How did I end up here?"
I thought to myself. Less than forty-eight hours ago I was at home and now I was holding on to a camera with one hand and to a rope in a small inflatable boat motoring in the rough waters of the Southern Ocean. In minutes I would take my first step on my fourth continent: Antarctica.
The year was 2016 and I had started my job as a Senior Video Producer for the automotive enthusiast site Autoblog three years prior. Since then I had been to Wales to shoot Range Rovers fording rivers and bogs, to Austria to shoot Rolls-Royces in the hills, and traveled across the Patagonian desert. In the two years following that memorable moment I have traveled to sixteen countries on six continents, including Antarctica, for video shoots, and while I love shooting in exotic places, in editing the footage from these adventures I have also found my passion. Sure, footage from my travels across the Patagonian desert were easy to turn into a video someone would find engaging, but it’s my ability to take footage of a broken down van on the side of the road in Iceland and turn it into something compelling that I am most proud.
I started out as the only member of the video team at Autoblog, a team that has grown in five years to six people, and we are quickly approaching one billion video views. I have been a player on that team since I have started and I am proud of what we have accomplished. In the past five years I have developed our team’s post-production workflow that utilizes Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop. I have seen my work get published on the web as well as television, and have won awards for my videos including three Telly Awards.
I have worked as a team, traveling all over the world shooting cars, and independently, shooting photos and video in Antarctica. As a senior producer I have shared all of my knowledge with my teammates to help them grow, while constantly striving to learn more on my own shoots. I have grown into a skilled producer, but I also strive to improve those skills, and jump at any opportunity that has the potential to help me grow.
After what seemed like quickest forty-eight hours of my life, I was on my way back home from Antarctica. I still didn’t have any idea how I ended up creating videos like this for a living, but I knew I had found the thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life.