After I graduated college, I fell in love with visual storytelling from my time as an intern with Newsday, the biggest newspaper in Long Island, NY. Quickly, I realized how powerful it can be to provoke change in the world. I developed a knack for the medium.
When I returned to my hometown in Vegas, I still had a strong desire to do the kind of work I did with Newsday. But it was difficult. With Newsday, I had access to all sorts of cameras, lenses, and editing software. Back home, I had to start from nothing. I wanted to continue to learn and grow in multimedia so I bought a camera despite not officially working for any news or multimedia company. I knew having this important tool of the trade would open the doors to new opportunities. My idea was to shoot and create as much as possible regardless of whether I was paid or not. I figured the camera would pay for itself if I was good enough. It was a test, a way to measure my passion and my abilities.