July, 2021 – I find myself sharing my story with more people than I ever have. What I share is basically my elevator pitch of why I’m in grad school. However, what I don’t tell people is the beginning of my story. Like any good pitch, you start with the working title and if the executives like what they hear, you lead into the opening image. So, imagine a clean pair of grey, ankle top, suede oxfords…
In 2017, I graduated from Augusta University with my BA and right before I got out of dodge, I said goodbye to my dear friend at the time, Drew. He then gifted me the pair of oxfords. I think the shoes were actually more of a re-gift as they were too slim for his feet, but the sentiment was still there. Little did I know these shoes were going to mean more to me than just another pair within my closet beside rolled up movie posters.
I can’t recall the reason why I started doing this particular thing I’m about to share, but what began as an artist’s quirky way of self-expression became a methodology of life. The particular thing was that I wrote down everything of significance within my life on Drew’s shoes after I left town. For example, when I visited a state, its initials were inked onto the heel. Every time I got a gig, I tattooed the job on the toe cap and each client I took to lunch, their name was inscribed on the side vamp. I honestly couldn’t tell you why I started doing this, but it soon became my journal process of becoming a professional filmmaker.
I’ve always been an individual who writes things down… it’s like I’m a writer or something, but this silly habit of mine has became a life changing practice. Marking the shoes with significant events of my life is seemingly insignificant, but in a tangible sense, this tactic has become a reminder to keep moving forward. I have one shoe entirely covered which took five years to do and there’s no telling how long it will take to brand its twin, but if journaling on Drew’s shoes has led me to this point in life… I can’t wait to see where I’ll be when the other one is covered up with ink.
In a surreal way of looking at it, I’m wearing my resume on my feet while (no pun intended) taking one more step towards success. Yes, that’s a bit on the nose, but I’ve found in doing this is that it has caused me to become more active in the world, take riskier opportunities, and improve my outlook of the unknown. Again, this practice is an odd thing to do, but it’s my method of keeping goals on track. What’s yours?
Everything written on the first shoe of five years can be read below.
States visited: AZ, CO, KS, LA, AR, OK, NV, TX, GA, FL, TN, AL, MS, NC
Homes: Parent’s House in GA, Nathan’s Apartment, Parent’s apartment in OK, My apartment in OK, Brother’s Apartment, Parent’s 1st House in FL, Drew’s House, Cam’s House, Doug’s House, My 1st apartment in GA, My 2nd apartment in GA, Elaine’s House, Grandparent’s House, Aunt’s River House, Grandfather’s House, Uncle’s House, Hilary’s House, Uncle’s Apartment, My Apartment in NC
Places I’ve worked: First Coast Talent Agency, MI Talent Agency, Magna Talent Agency, 180 Talent Agency, Mellow Mushroom, Gatsby’s Bar, Tombstone Café, Regal Cinemas, Red Dirt Film Festival, Augusta University, LOL Jax Film Festival, Millar Productions, Enterprise Interview, Election: Trump v. Biden Poll Worker, Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club, Called Higher Studios, University of North Florida, The Shaffner Inn