National Geographic

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Soooo today all of my dreams came true. A producer from National Geographic emailed me, requesting permission to feature one of my videos on the Nat Geo website. The producer stated that my short film would be of interest to the Nat Geo audience. I had to read the email several times and pinch myself just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. To say that I was excited would be a vast understatement.

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Like many children from my generation, I grew up on National Geographic magazines and films. My grandfather had a subscription to Nat Geo for what must’ve been the majority of his life. I remember gazing at his bookshelves as a young six-year-old child, having to squint from the bright yellow glow of hundreds of National Geographic magazines lining the shelves. I spent countless hours flipping through his vast collection, exploring foreign countries and cultures, and reading fascinating facts about wild animals. My grandfather must’ve taken note of my interest, because that year he gave me two National Geographic atlases for Christmas; Our World and Our Fifty States.

I can recall my mom taking my brother and I to Blockbuster Video, where I would always head straight for the Special Interest section to look for Nat Geo nature films for rent. Same thing at my local library; I would scour the premises for any yellow VHS cassettes I could find. I still own the National Geographic: The Filmmakers on VHS, with Derek Joubert on the cover, draped in zebra skin and wielding his film camera.

So to receive an email from National Geographic is by far the most flattering and exciting thing that has ever happened to me in my entire career. Now if only I could land a full time job or commission from them.

Hey Nat Geo, I’m available…

Check out the video featured on the Nat Geo website here:

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Finished my Master’s degree this year!

Master's Degree

MA in Digital Journalism & Design from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Go Bulls!

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Bing.com

Screenshot of Bing.com.

I noticed this morning at 9am that one of my videos had a sudden spike in viewership. The video in question is a short documentary I produced about Crystal River, a fascinating location on the Gulf Coast of Florida where you can swim with Manatees. Truly a magical, one of a kind place. Clearly the video had been embedded or shared somewhere quite popular, so I pulled up my analytics to find out where all of these views where coming from.

I tracked the URL embed to Bing.com. Bing? I was confused. People were searching it through Bing? Why was the URL embed just Bing.com and not a specific URL? I navigated to Bing’s homepage to see what was up.

Screenshot of Bing.com.

Come to find out, the theme of the day on Bing.com was, you guessed it, Crystal River. My documentary was linked directly from their homepage. So cool! Needless to say my Crystal River documentary got some viewership.

Check out the wonders of this one of a kind spot!: