It all started when I was twelve. I competed in several Speech & Debate tournaments, got pretty good at it, won a few state titles, and had the opportunity to compete nationally.
I guess three years of dramatic, humorous and impromptu interpretations was enough to inspire me; because during my senior year in High School,
I did so with my (non-digital) handheld video camera Mom and Dad bought for me one Christmas. As soon as I learned how to operate that magnificent machine, the rest was history.
I thought it would be a compelling idea to capture my last months in that environment.
I would bring it to class, I would bring it to lunch, I would bring it just about everywhere I went. I would film anything and anyone who I thought was entertaining and interesting. Thank goodness YouTube was not around. I even tried to be a Music Video Producer!
Fast-forward to the moment that made me want to become a Journalist/Producer. It was September 11th, 2001. I was walking into my Journalism class, and everyone was hovered around the T.V. That's when I saw the second plane crash into the WorldTrade Center. In that moment, I saw chaos in our country, felt stillness in my environment, and witnessed the news like I'd never seen it before.
To sum it up—because I told you I'd keep it brief— that was the day I knew.
Welcome to the Fourth Estate. It's going to be a long ride.