How do you introduce yourself at parties?
I make eye-contact, smile, and start what I hope will be a meaningful conversation.
What draws you to media production?
I am drawn to media production because I am a storyteller. I have always searched for different mediums to communicate the stories that linger in my mind and those of the people around me. I find media production to be a creative, fun, and a powerful way to convey messages.
If you could give advice to a younger you, what would it be?
Be tenacious. Be resilient. Be courageous. Stay hungry. Do not allow anyone, especially yourself, to prevent you from becoming who you want to be. Do not allow your current situation to dictate what you can accomplish. Pursue your visions and achieve your dreams.
What sorts of things have you worked on in the past?
One of my favorite projects that I worked on was for my sociology class in high school. I went around Deering High School asking students if they believe that guys and girls can just be friends. I love those types of video projects because of the spontaneity.
I try to keep a camera with me at all times. I love to capture photos that convey stories without the use of words.
I also write a lot. Some of my greatest pieces come in the form of poetry—which is one of my favorite methods to communicate stories.
What is your favorite movie?
I cannot name just one. For the most part, if a movie is categorized as horror and/or thriller, I am all over it.
What have you been listening to lately?
The Holy Qur’ān, poetry, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work (primarily his musicals), and motivational speeches.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I would split the money between giving back and providing for my family and myself.
Truth or Dare?
Dare. Yes, I am about that life.
[Photo Credit: Nathan Eldridge Photography]