Sometime in 2012, I discovered a passion for filmmaking after watching Casey Neistat's 'Make It Count.' In the summer of 2013, tired of my current path, I went out to pursue that passion. Not having any experience or any idea of where to begin, I naturally had a lot of questions. These would serve as the basis for my first documentary.
This was my first serious attempt at filmmaking. A friend mentioned Kickstarter to me, so I launched one (kickstarter.com/projects/1407449306/makedo-documentary) and it got funded—then it began.
On July 1, 2013 I packed up the car with my camera gear and spent the next 3 months driving around the U.S. as a one-man crew, interviewing all sorts of creative people. Some were friends, some were family, and many were strangers. The doc road trip took me from San Diego to New Orleans, from NYC to Missoula, from Seattle to LA, and everywhere in between.
Initially, I wanted to get a concrete answer to questions like, "What do people need to do to make it as a professional creative?" In post-production, the story & direction changed a bit, but ultimately, I found the answer—we just need to start. Whatever it is we want to do, just find a way to start doing it asap. Since there are many ways to do things, the path we start on may look unorthodox, but it doesn't matter as long as we move in the direction of what we want.
A huge thanks to all my Kickstarter backers, friends & family, and of course, everyone who shared their stories with me. So many people opened up their homes and lives to me without ever meeting me beforehand. It was truly a great feeling to experience such a genuine connection with people I met for the first time.
Special thanks to Jeff Tuyay for all the amazing music for this project. Another special thanks to Kylea Borges [kyleaborges.com/home.html], who was the first artist to say yes to this project :)
— To my mom & dad, I'm indebted to you both for your love and support. Thank you, and I love you. —
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