1. Who are you and what is your profession?
2. Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
Since my father was in the Army, I grew up in several different places across the country, but mostly on the east coast between North Carolina and Virginia. As such, I was never able to call any particular place "home." After graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 2008, I decided to move to New Orleans because I wanted to go to film school and I did not want to go hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to do it. It did not take long for me to fall in love with the city. I knew I wanted to stay here even after graduating, and the budding film/TV industry in Louisiana allowed me to live here and find work in my field. And now that I've married a girl from Houma whom I share a beautiful daughter with, I can safely say that New Orleans is my home.
3. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
Ever since high school, when my friends and I would make silly parody videos, I knew I had a knack for working behind the camera. But it wasn't until college that I realized the power of the medium and its potential to communicate things that no other art form could since it combines several art forms together (written word, imagery, music, theatre, etc.). And I discovered that I was able to affect people with my own work. I could share emotions and higher thoughts that I had no way of articulating so profoundly by any other means. This is what inspired me to become a filmmaker - being able to communicate and share those intangible things with others.
4. Who or what do you most admire?
I admire the common man or woman who labors for others instead of themselves. Whether it be for family, the sick, the needy, or the earth itself, I believe a good person is simply one who provides for someone or something more than just themselves and does not relish in wealth and excess.
5. What do you love about New Orleans?
I love the energy of New Orleans. I love its diversity. I love its history. I love the heat. I love the humidity. I love eating here. I love Carnival Season. I love the swamp. I love my Cajun woman. I love my Cajun woman's gumbo. I love my neighborhood. I love my friends. I love how laid back everyone is. And I love that I can make a living here doing what I love.
6. What do you fear most for New Orleans?
I fear that those in charge of running New Orleans will let it fall into ruin.
7. What do you hope for New Orleans in the next 20 years?
I hope that New Orleans can hold onto its culture and what makes it great and unique while still adapting to the modern world and environment so that it can continue to thrive.