When I was in middle school I didn't know where I would possibly go after high school because I just hadn't found something that really grabbed my attention. Sometime in 8th grade or so, my dad and I sat down to watch Evil Dead (1981). My dad made a comment about how the movie was often studied in film schools, and I remember thinking it was the coolest thing that you could go to school for film. I knew from then on out I would want to go into filmmaking, specifically cinematography.
I knew I loved seeing how light made me feel, and I wanted to study why certain imagery could make me feel a certain way. I also knew I wanted to tell stories by basically taking a narrative theme and translating it into images, because that's what really resonated with me. The filmmaking pathway at Ballard was the first place I got to even talk about movies and why I liked them. Getting to discuss how a certain shot made me feel or how I would shoot a certain scene was all I had been looking for. Once we started getting to storyboard our ideas and execute them, I knew I was in the right place. Learning the importance of story before all the technical ideas was perfect, because the first and most important goal of filmmaking is to tell a story that will reach people.