Meet Rising Director, Film Rat

1.What exactly do you do? 

I’m a film director and editor. I specialize in complete music video production.

2. What was the process for your career when you first started? 

When I first started, I began with shooting highlight tapes for my younger brother. I wanted to help get him recognized by colleges for his basketball talent. Somehow I ended up shooting and editing the highlight reels for a lot of the athletes around the city. That then translated to music videos when a friend of mine, Hakeem Jordan asked me to provide a visual for a song he made. That was my first one, and I haven’t looked back since.

3. What does being a successful videographer/director include? 

Being a successful videographer/director means being able to travel the world while also having freedom to chose who I want to work with. Not only just getting paid for it but making a living from something I would do for free. 

4. What is the most rewarding part of doing what you do? 

Having the opportunity to possibly change someones life from just one music video is the most rewarding part of what I do.

5. What do you want your audience to know about you? 

I want everyone to know that I’m a humble  and hard working person that found a way to do what I love.

6. What is your greatest success so far when it comes to what you do? 

I purchased my first RED cinema, which was a big deal for me as a film director and also the quality of my work.

7. Where did your career originate from? 

My career originated when people began contacting me to shoot music videos for them at a price I set. This was after going through a period of nonstop unpaid work for six months. Finally the business became more consistent, as well as my ability to grow and gain more clients.

8. Where are you from? 

I’m from Jacksonville Florida, Duval county to be exact.

9. What are some of the challenges you faced along the way? 

It’s definitely a challenge having to execute an entire music video when things aren’t going as planned. There can be an entire treatment for the video but sometimes I have to go completely away from that and come up with something on the spot. But the biggest challenge of all is keeping every single one of my clients satisfied with the process as well as the final product.

10. What does it take to be a successful in what you do? 

Hard work. Dedication. Countless sleepless nights. Sacrificing things like partying. The motivation to keep going. The desire to keep getting better everyday. 

11. Where do you see yourself  in the next five years? 

In the next five years I see myself shooting videos for the biggest artists in the music industry. 

12. What are some advice you would give to a young videographer/director? 

Keep going. Even when times get hard and it seems like your not getting any work. Just keep shooting, keep studying your craft, never stop putting in work. Because when you rest, there’s someone else younger and more hungry than you getting better.    

13. Who/What is your biggest inspiration? 

My dad is my biggest inspiration always. 

Social media links: 

Instagram @filmrat_

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