As you might imagine of an obsessive, professional learner, I’ve gotten around a bit. At the University of Colorado I majored in Chinese, which led to several years overseas, as well as work as a translator, journalist, cultural consultant, and slack-packer extraordinaire. I returned to the States to pursue a more advanced education in communications, and a video elective at the University of Denver opened up all the possibilities of adding the moving image to my communications work. A few years later I completed a master of fine arts from the University of Texas Department of Radio-TV-Film, which allowed me to spend the next several years working in creative media while also teaching at several colleges and universities.
I’ve taught English as a second language, as well as media writing, film directing, and advanced video editing, all at college and graduate school levels. My written work has appeared in everything from the New York Times, to The Denver Post, to a Taiwanese Import/Export magazine. My film and video work has been broadcast in IMAX theaters, on national television, and to the United States Senate. I’ve built innovative, interactive instructional materials for prestigious universities and a Fortune 200 company. And my own award-winning films have screened at film festivals on five continents. I am very proud not only of the work I’ve done, but also of the collaborative relationships I’ve built with each project.
These projects are all tied together by my love of exploration and learning, and an abiding desire to tell stories that get others as excited as I am about learning new things. Whether the story is about the great humanitarian work your organization does, the time-saving technology your company has created, or why your customers, donors, and employees are doing the right thing by sticking with you, I want to tell the story.
My work is also tied together by what a media saturated individual such as myself might best describe as a comic book effect. Sure, this might mean that I love cheesy monster and kung-fu movies, and given the chance I’ll work superheroes and giant robots into corporate training scenarios. But it also means that the comic book ethos applies: with power comes responsibility. I’ve spent a lot of time developing skills in communications, and I intend to use my powers for good. If your organization does nonprofit, humanitarian, or social justice work, please contact me to discuss how we can work together to leap tall buildings in a single bound.