I always knew I wanted to be a writer but I wasn’t sure what kind. I loved writing poetry and still do but I didn’t think I could make a living off of that so I had to continue looking around for the perfect job for me. My junior year of high school I took a journalism class figuring maybe that would be the style of writing I would do. But I discovered that didn’t gel well with me because I didn’t get to be creative. You can’t make up the news. Plus there are a lot of rules on how articles should be written. I still wanted to be creative with my writing. Then in my senior year of high school I took a video production class and I fell in love. It was the perfect mix of everything I loved. We learned all about how media is important and it can shape your opinions on life without you even knowing it. So that’s how I decided to major in tv production.
In my sophomore year of college I took an intro to tv production class with a teacher named Dr. Johnson. I went to an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) named Virginia State University. She taught us how important it is to have more black people behind the camera because those are the people who choose the narrative of the world. We need to be telling our own stories so they get told correctly. This lesson has stuck with my ever since. I enjoyed my undergrad years of college. My friend, Demetria, and I went spilt the cost of some video editing software so we could continue our studies outside of class and we would rent the cameras and film things all the time. I recommend whatever you might be studying in college, take advantage of the resources around you because once you leave there you might not have them as readily available. I got to interview Mary Mary with my friend Rob Milton (Check out his page at http://www.therobmilton.com) because we were in the gospel choir and they performed at one of our concerts. I filmed as Marlon Wayans, Jurnee Smollett, and Tatyana Ali as they came and talked to us about the 2018 elections. I got to tape Tim and Daphne Reid (Sister, Sister and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) interview Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show). And I had my first paid gig as I taped homecoming step show for the NPHC (National Panhellenic Council).
Because I already I had a business I knew that everything I wanted to make into a business. So after college I started my own videography business, Keeler Productions LLC. My motto is broadcasting your vision to the world and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. I’ve taped numerous commercials for small businesses, a book trailer, birthday parties, weddings, and even a statue ceremony for the Marine Corps. I love what I do because I get to meet a variety of different people and go to different places I wouldn’t have been without being hired to be there. It’s also awesome to get to hear different life stories. And in the midst of all this I got my masters in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. We had to create a blog and write a new story in it each week for a year. I’m grateful for that education and also for all the equipment I got as well like my camera with all the equipment, Adobe Suite, and a new MacBook Pro. I love being a videographer. It has brought so much into my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
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