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As I grew up in the northwest Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, I first started to develop an interest for creating/editing videos in 7th grade while making skateboarding videos with friends. However, anytime I was ever out skating with friends, I realized that I was never actually in the videos doing any skating- I was always the one behind the camera and computer putting the videos together. As I got older, I was able to take TV and editing classes at my high school and focus a bit more on how to improve this skill into actually making better quality videos with thorough storytelling. I then discovered Tribeca Flashpoint Academy and was finally able to put all my energy and time into the passion that I had grown for film and video and take my skill set to the next level.
I go about editing the way that I do to ensure that the viewer can build as strong of an emotional connection to the story being told as possible. I find that the more a film can make you feel a certain way about someone or something, the more likely you are to enjoy it. I set a goal for myself every time I start a new project: to make the story flow smoothly and effortlessly, and be convincing enough that it allows the viewer to be so emotionally invested in the story being told that you are not aware you are watching a movie. If you have a strong emotional reaction about the outcome of my work, then I have done my job.