Since the age of 7, I’ve been in love with the concept of digital storytelling. In 2009, I turned that passion into a career when I officially started my production company, Amaz1n Entertainment Productions. Over the course of time I have built a solid portfolio and body of work that I’m proud of, and have worked with a wide range of clients from small businesses, non-profit organizations, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies to doctors, trainers, celebrities, publications, and CEO’s which in turn has allowed me to grow in the digital media/entertainment industry.
Since the age of 7 I’ve been in love with the concept of digital storytelling. In 2009, I turned that passion into a career when I officially started my production company, Amaz1n Entertainment Productions. Over the course of time I have built a solid portfolio and body of work that I’m proud of, and have worked with a wide range of clients from small businesses, non-profit organizations, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies to doctors, trainers, celebrities, publications, and CEO’s which in turn has allowed me to grow in the digital media/entertainment industry.
Coverage of President Barack Obama (2010 – 2016)
During Barack Obama’s term in office as POTUS, I had the esteemed honor & privilege to cover Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama every time they set foot in Austin, Texas. I was even invited to the White House in 2016 to cover the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony which recognizes several individuals, groups, or institutions for work that has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.
2015 Capital City Black Film Festival
My first official film “#BlackHistory365”, which is a compilation of public demonstrations, protests, and events I captured in Austin, Texas that dealt with police brutality towards African Americans at a time when the killings of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many others at the hands of law enforcement officers rocked the Nation. It brought all ethnicities together in solidarity to carry the message that injustice would not be tolerated!
“#BlackHistory365” Best Music Video Award (2015)
That message went well beyond our borders as other Countries held their own public displays in support. I submitted this film at the 2015 Capital City Black Film Festival and won First Place in the Music Video category.
“The REAL” Daytime Talk Show Interview (2016)
While at the 2016 Essence Festival, I had the esteemed honor & privilege to interview the cast of Warner Brothers hit talk show, “The REAL” to discuss their first official live taping at the Essence Festival, and their new upcoming season!
2016 Professional’s Choice Awards
Every year the Black Professional Alliance awards individuals that create a great service to the local community. In 2016 I received the “Professional’s Choice Awards” for Excellent Service.
2017 Essence Festival
I spoke on the 2017 Essence Festival Press Stage to talk about a project that my business partner and I was working on, that centered on educating underserved communities about the importance of Health & Wellness. I was featured on Getty Images as well as Empower Magazine.
Celebrities bring fashion and style to 2017 ESSENCE Festival
2019 Business Image Award
I was awarded the Business Image Award by the Edwards Ministerial Association at the 11th Annual Image Awards Scholarship Luncheon.
“To Believe” Film (2019)
“To Believe” was a unique project created by Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) board members, Ben Heimsath & Daryl Horton who came up with the idea to create a video presentation that would allow visitors to sit in the historic Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, a non-sectarian church structure recently restored by the City of Austin to experience worship service from the perspective of several faith-based entities in East Austin in an immersive way!
I was selected to come up with a way to creatively execute their vision with a short turnaround. I served as the Executive Producer on this project and quickly assembled a team. We filmed the worship services of 4 churches in East Austin, and wrapped up production in a month. During post production (editing) is when I brought everything together, and decided to utilize a super wide format (5760 x 1080) to tell the story of these churches, and highlight their traditions that sparked conversations, strengthened beliefs, and opened the minds of those that never experienced worship service before.
“To Believe” Film (2019)
The film made its debut on November 16, 2019 as part of the East Austin Studio Tour. Participants were able to come into the chapel, have a seat and experience the worship services of 4 churches in East Austin from 3 different perspectives, making it a fully immersive experience.
This project garnered a lot of media attention, and I was interviewed on KTBC Fox 7 “Good Day Austin” segment View Video, KOOP Radio (91.7FM), and multiple article and blog write-ups from publications and outlets.
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