Posts tagged California
Challenge Yourself w/ Your Camera

When I purchased my Canon T6i last year, I bought it to gain experience behind the camera so that I might improve my writing for the screen. I hadn’t imagined at the time that anyone might ask me to create videos for them when I didn’t have the aforementioned experience under my belt. Happily, I was asked, which then pushed me right into learning with a goal in mind. A very specific goal given the nightlife scene: It’s lit.

The problem with that is you can unintentionally put yourself in a box you never meant to construct by limiting your scope and over time, your work can feel – and look – redundant.

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Music Video Treatment: There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

While summer does not officially begin for another two weeks, here in the Valley, we are already feeling the heat every day. Unless you are like me with your desk at work directly underneath an air conditioning vent and you turn into a popsicle for eight hours. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. On the plus side, I do get out of work at my day job much earlier on in the day during the summer which means I can do things like head out to Art Hop with my camera like I will be doing later today. A friend of mine sent me a few tracks to play with for a video so once I have that ready, I will be posting on the site. For now, I wanted to share another music video treatment with you all how and Art Hop was a huge inspiration for it.

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Give Me More Grizzly Fest

Some of you might remember a few months ago, when the lineup for Grizzly Fest was announced, there was a bit of an uproar in the community about the headliners. I hope you can sense the sarcasm through the screen. There were letters to the editor at the Fresno Bee, town hall meetings, and City Council Meetings that included a cringe-worthy rendition of a specific Dr. Dre song from The Chronic. Now, I have my personal beliefs as to why this affluent neighborhood in Fresno did not want an urban music festival to take place in their neck of the woods but I’m not here to talk about that. 

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Back to Fresno County, Kicking and Screaming

The first time I lived in Fresno County, I was four years old. I lived in a three-bedroom house with my grandparents, my mom, and my younger brother while my dad was stationed elsewhere, in a town so small in 1993 it didn’t even have a high school. I shared a room with my mom and my brother and sometimes slept on the floor; we were waiting for our house to be built in a town a half an hour away. Back then, houses here didn’t cost nearly as much as they do now. When we moved away to Arizona when I was nine, I was heartbroken. But as I got older, I never imagined myself living here again and certainly not under the circumstances that forced my relocation. In my mind, Fresno was too small, too underdeveloped, and too foreign for me to feel in the least bit like I could ever belong after living abroad in cities with millions of residents. I even missed the Fresno State University application date on purpose my senior year. If I was going to go back, it would be kicking and screaming. Well, that was not the case. Although there was quite a lot of crying involved. When my marriage fell apart in 2014, I needed somewhere safe to go and start over - and that somewhere was with my family in Clovis.

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