My lifelong love of film began when I was young, taking over the photography on family vacations. It evolved into film and television in my high school years as I became responsible for taping sporting events and performances. I attended New York Institute of Technology and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and television.
MY first job in television was at a UHF broadcast station called WLIG-TV on Long Island. I worked up the ranks as director of the News program and also directed “Long Island Magazine”.
The film bug continued to grab onto me and I started to work on commercial films in Manhattan as a production assistant. The commute to Manhattan was a drain so I started my own business in video and still photography. As I was nurturing and growing that business for 10 years, an opportunity arose and was offered a job with MTV Networks. I worked for MTV Networks for 5 years, overseeing all incoming videotape and prepared them for air on 14 networks.
The experience at MTV was crucial for my next career move to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program. I always dreamed to be the next Jacques Cousteau and I had an opportunity to do just that. Working with the marine biologists at Cornell Marine Program, My job was to document the research at the marine lab and I also had creative freedom and I created a ½ hour video magazine show which I shot and edited all productions including: video proposals, reports and PSA’s. I produced over 6 documentaries, wrote and produced all of Cornell Marine’s “Cornell Marine Moments” airing across Long Island. The highlight of my career has been teaching film and video workshops for Cornell Marine’s summer camps, video editing programs for disabled kids and shooting/editing local documentaries.