Bethalto, IL has been my home for the past two years. It’s one of those small towns where people say nothing exciting happens. Most people here are folks who grew up here. It’s not a place where people my age move to.

I came here for family. This is where my Mom grew up and we settled here to be close to her parents and brothers. My college graduation, Dad’s passing, and our move happen all in a row. Once I was given a chance to think, dreams of storytelling came back. They weren’t as defined as they are now, but they were upon me. And I decided to go for building this dream in a small town.

The first piece of this storytelling dream has been freelance filmmaking. This year marks the first where I have at least one video job a month. Some jobs are here locally while others are all over Illinois and beyond. What attracts me to freelancing is the ability to be location and time flexible, so I’m able to pursue my other goals as well.

This picture is of the gear I’ll be using for my first ever Bethalto wedding: the Smith/Palmer wedding. As with ever other project, my name will get out to more and people here will learn they have locals to turn to whenever they need a story told. And one day, I’ll be able to make a full-time living from storytelling, maybe even here in a small town.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and hired me so far. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing or have any of these pieces of gear without you. And thanks to LUMIX, Sigma, Rode, Joby, DJI, Zoom, Canon, and Zhiyun for making cool things to use for telling stories.