I always wanted to write books, which is how I got into television.
Fresh out of high school, I spent that year working in the orchards of British Columbia while I wrote (in long-hand) my first novel at my parents' kitchen table. It was a sprawling Lord of the Rings knock-off that placed in the top 10 of the Avon/Flare Writing For Youth Competition. The placing gave me just enough confidence to think I could actually succeed, but I needed a day-job. So, I entered the television program at SAIT Polytechnic.
Two years later, I was working full-time at CFJC in Kamloops, writing and producing TV commercials. There was no limit to creativity there. We tried everything, to the point that we were getting recognized across Canada for our work. While at CFJC, I won Canada's top awards for advertising effectiveness (TVB Gold, Silver and Bronze) as well as the Top Public Service Announcement.
After three years, the bright lights of Calgary beckoned. 2&7 Television (later to become Global), was winning their own awards and doing incredible things. So, I had to be a part of this. There, I helped develop the Calgary Flames Young Guns campaign, shooting Jarome Iginla's very first TV commercial as a professional hockey player. The commercial is still one of my favorites, largely because we got to blast a puck through a garage door.
When Global purchased 2&7, I figured it was time to go out on my own, testing the waters of freelancing. Over the next 15 years, I worked on corporate videos, documentaries and commercials – for Discovery, Slice, National Geographic, Outdoor Life Network and TSN. I've told the stories of Canada's biggest corporations – sat down with Hollywood stars, athletes and CEO's. I created my own television comedy called The Ramsay Downholers.
It was always about two things, people and story. When production costs began to plummet, I saw an opportunity to provide a valuable service to small businesses in Calgary. So, I stripped the huge overhead of larger production companies, kept the essentials and built a structure that allows me to deliver the very best quality and creativity at a small-business price. This is how Five Foot Five Video & Creative was born.
Your story is what makes you different. It gives customers a reason to believe in you – something that transcends price. If you're a small business with a story to tell, I can help.
As for the novel writing – I won the Alberta Writing for Youth Competition with my young adult novel, We Don't Have to Be Friends. I'll give you a copy if you ask. I'm presently working on a novel about love and survival in the zombie apocalypse. That is, when I'm not working on videos.
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