Perhaps the best use of my skills: the curatorial eye, writing, creative suite proficiency, and my extensive music knowledge; is when I can operate as an Art and/or Creative director. In the past my ability to be a team leader and passionate collaborator has led to some of the most exciting and successful project outcomes in my career. I have served as an art director for over a dozen independent hip hop and electronic music releases and directed campaigns featuring artwork and video which was distributed and featured on MTV2, iTunes, Complex, Spotify, and every other major digital retailer. Each cover features typography, final editing, and composition by me with a large majority of the album art consisting of original digital and 3D pieces I created to capture the music’s essentiality.
My original passion was and will always be fashion. I got my beginnings as an Art Director in 2009 when I became the Art / Creative Director for Anatomy, an independent fashion magazine produced in Chapel Hill, North Carolina between 2009 and 2011, which reached over 30,000 readers during my reign as Creative Director.
FELT initially functioned as a small fashion publication where I was at once publisher and art/creative director, before FELT became a full-fledged movement with members referencing, but often going beyond, fashion’s boundaries.
In almost all of the projects listed I have filmed, edited, and produced promotional videos. I think in movies. When blaring music out of my headphones on public transit it’s hard not to imagine any morning commute as my opening title sequence to the day. After diving into Photoshop as a teen my next adventures were with video editing suites such as premiere, after effects, and final cut pro. I found the work-flow of these programs very natural and I still enjoy the subtle, nuanced intricacies of video editing.
By making use of affordable DSLRs and my skills with the aforementioned programs I was able to produce, direct, and edit a string of independent music videos during my college career. During these years I collaborated with some of the fastest rising, relevant, and progressive talent in the independent music underground such as: Nickelus F., ConRizzle, M1 Platoon, Skyzoo, and more. While shooting music videos I also produced several video web-series for EU Kicks, the largest European digital sportswear magazine, with a focus on urban global fashion including: A Sneaker Story, Sneaker Shops Around The World, The Collection, and more.
I have produced over 50 music videos and fashion vlogs for publications and artists, shooting on location in New York City, Beijing, Atlanta, Charlotte, NC, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA.
A few years ago I got my introduction to stop motion animation with my frequent collaborator Luis Reyes. Together we crafted several short films under the moniker "Los Buenos" as a contribution to the FELT arts collective. All of the videos were shot on green-screen with a small DSLR and a home-made lighting kit, then later edited in Premiere and After Effects.