I was a traveler first, before I became a filmmaker. I wanted to document moments during my travels so I can share it with my family and friends. I’m not very good with words, so I thought videos can give a more compelling story to whoever’s interested in my journey.
The unexpected call
One afternoon, I got a call from the CEO of a big airline brand, asking if I would be willing to travel around South East Asia to create content. I was hesitant because I didn’t have any proper education on filmmaking, and I was shooting my videos with an iPhone. I wasn’t ready. But it was a big opportunity, so I said yes.
I got myself a drone (so I would look legitimate) and flew it above a river. It was my first time to fly a drone, and it could easily turn into a disaster due to my lack of experience. Thankfully it didn’t, and the client was very happy with the output.
“The bigger the risk, the greater the reward.” This statement pretty much sums up how I deal with life.
Yearning for growth
I see every shoot as an opportunity to satisfy that hunger. I hope that by being the best version of myself, along with the improvement of my craft, I can bring inspiration to other dreamers out there.
The biggest hurdle for me is fighting fatigue. I have yet to learn how to create a proper work-life balance. This problem sounds common, but it should be taken seriously. I am far from where I want to be, and I don’t have any plans of stopping. Learning how to breathe and pause to smell the flowers would be great for me at this point.
One of the most valuable things that I’ve learned through the years is how to be resilient.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from mistakes. When you pursue your dreams, you are also vulnerable to failures. It will never be a smooth ride. But with each fall, you gain wisdom and strength that will help you do better next time. Take breaks. Reflect. But keep going.
Story by Patrick Martin