Telling My Story for Video: Recommended Viewing

After going back and forth on whether or not this would be too self serving, I ultimately decided to go ahead and make the following video the focus for this month’s Recommended Analyzing piece. For those who don’t know, I am the latest subject for the Spotlight series from TFCU; a branch of The Filipino Channel that focuses its efforts on reaching out to and encouraging Filipino American college students to go after their aspirations and goals in life. In the video, I talk at length about my work as an author, blogger, playwright, and screenwriter.

TFCU is having an ongoing open call for people to feature for their series, and when this first went live back in September, it was an opportunity I knew I had to leap on. When you’re an independent creative, it’s very challenging to get people to learn about you and your work when you don’t have a PR team doing that for you. I don’t get to tell my story that often, let alone for video, so this made for a chance to make that happen. The fact that I’ve been in communication with TFCU for months prior to that about doing something with them also helped a bunch.

I’m so glad that this got to be shot at Bindlestiff Studio. It was only right to film in such a space where I’ve ultimately had my start in really starting to pursue scriptwriting. It also made for incredible shots; particularly the B-roll where I’m filmed at work (which, by the way, in case you were wondering just what I was working on in those clips, I was working on the screenplay adaptation of “An Absolute Mind”).

The video was very well edited, and I cannot emphasize that enough. I was asked a lot of questions and I gave a wide variety of answers. After the fact, I was left wondering how they were going to condense all that information into a five-minute video. But they made it work, for it came out very seamless, and it very well erases moments where I had to stop and ask them to repeat a few questions because I got lost in my train of thought.

So if you haven’t already, please go check out the video and feel free to share it as well. TFCU truly did a fantastic job with it. If you’re familiar with me and my work, then chances are a lot of what you’re going to hear from me is information you already know. On the other hand, if you’re just learning about me and my work, consider this video to be a good introduction to what I’m all about.

If you are able to, I hope you can go support me in all that I do by leaving a tip over on Ko-fi. I do a lot of writing that I get paid very little for or not at all, and so this is a way of showing your support other than just reading my content. Donations of varying quantities and frequencies are greatly appreciated.

Also, if you can please take a few seconds and vote for whether or not I should make A Moment’s Worth available as a paperback for its fifth anniversary this summer, that would be a huge help.


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