My story begins with my mother’s hope for a better future for us mixed with a hunger to live her life to the fullest. She inspired me throughout my life to live with adventure and to see the world as a place full of hope and endless opportunities.
My most significant memory of overcoming the challenge of being knocked down was after the day of September 9, 2011. My world stopped that day. Soon after, advertising budgets were pulled, clients disappeared and so did my graphic design position working for an advertising studio. I attempted college to only realize how expensive it was to pay for on my own so I decided to change my status in life, I enlisted in the United States Army. Through the rough, I became stronger and more determined to hold tight to my hope for my future.
After leaving the service, attempting to sail by in my old career, I decided to change my life’s direction when I enrolled in college to learn how to start my own business. I left everything behind to start over with $16,000 I won in scholarships along with the Post 9/11 GI Bill from my service in the military.
My true passion emerged during a class when we had to edit video and audio together from several movie trailers into a whole new story. I spent hours on this project that felt like only half the time. Once I was even late to class working on this project as it was difficult to stop and leave my creative zone. Had I found my true path? Had windows appeared where only walls once were?
A sense of adventure pushed me to take one step further by enrolling in commercial acting classes, a task that literally shook me to my core. As I observed other students that believed in their dreams without question, I gave myself a pep talk, “Go for it! This is your moment to grow. Take a leap of faith this is hope for a better future.” I decided to go for it and was fortunate to experience being a part of television commercials and indie films. This experience served me well as I went on to graduate with my bachelor’s degree winning eight awards, graduated with a master’s of arts degree in new media journalism, and many hours of volunteering.
Soon after, I became a multimedia content producer, building on my graphic design skills, to work with large corporate event shows for clients such as AT&T and IBM as well as brands in tourism like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida. I live with the value of adventure and hope by stretching from the small to broader challenges that took me beyond my comfort zone to land in new experiences.
I want to encourage others to take back their dreams, to hold them tight to their heart. Imagine filling your life with adventure and hope of living your dreams. Most of us have thought through our entire lives that we’re not powerful, but we are each capable of so much more.
Today, I’ve taken the knowledge I’ve gained through working with multimedia arts to form Content Culture News. We empower entrepreneurs through encouragement and information. Content starts with the spark you feel inside to share who you are with the world. We are all a part of the culture of content creation. Each one of you on social media is subjected to an entire virtual world of content–it is our culture. Why not become better at navigating it for your own business goals?