The Day I Wanted to Become a Filmmaker

When I was younger, I wanted to be a dentist and then later on, I wanted to become a marine biologist — that was after I watched this horrific documentary about dolphins, but that’s a story for another day. So, I decided I wanted to become a marine biologist, and that would be my future, but I quickly learned it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought.

Instead of giving up, I did everything I needed to do to get into the university by taking the prerequisite courses. I’m not the smartest in sciences, but I knew what I needed to do if I wanted to save the dolphins! I thought I was setting myself up for success. 

So, we all know that I’m an avid reader and film-goer. (Here comes the humble brag). I have a bookstagram account and a podcast where I talk about book-to-film adaptations. You can say that I love to read and watch films. Anyway, I read a lot in high school and watched many movies, which eventually turned into making stupid videos with my friends.

I remember making a video for a high school psychology class, and I had such a fun time writing a script, filming, and editing. By the way, I was editing on Windows Movie Maker at the time  (yes, I’m that old). So, here I am, this 17-year old having a blast creating this video from a simple idea and loving every bit of it. It was goofy and was super crap quality, but I had a blast. And that’s when I thought I would go to school to become a filmmaker. 

I had dreams of attending Vancouver Film School after a rough first year of university. I thought this would be a great place to learn and potentially get into the field of filmmaker and potentially become a filmmaker. But deep down, I knew that it was something I couldn’t make a career out of. Maybe I lacked the drive or didn’t have enough passion. Who knows? But, I needed something more stable. So, I did the adult thing and put it on the back burner.

I decided to go to Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), which is another story on its own. And yet again, I was reminded of how much I loved creating things. It’s funny how that turned out. I ended up majoring in Communications and Media, which led me to take courses in communication theories, video editing, audio production, public speaking, and marketing, to name a few. I was in my element: Creating things that I wanted. Granted, they had to be appropriate for school.

Since then, I’ve always been this person who is constantly creating things. Whether it’s dumb videos that no one has seen or coming up with content for work or the podcast, my brain is always thinking of something to make. Even though I could have braved a new life in film school, I’m still really happy where I am now. I love my job; I love being able to pitch ideas and, for the most part, try them out at work. I have the freedom to write in this blog, create podcast episodes, and read many books and watch movies too.

Creating videos will always be a passion of mine. I’ll always be this amateur filmmaker who hasn’t shown people my work yet, haha. Someday soon, I’ll show off some work. But, in the meantime. You’ll have to enjoy my random ramblings in our illustrious blog. 

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