We had the good fortune of connecting with Will M. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Will, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is what makes life exciting. It’s about wagering on one path or choice while giving up another. I’ve taken many risks in life, like the decision to join the military right out of high school, the risk to pack up and move to San Diego for college, and taking the risk in publishing my videography to the world. Fortunately, all the risks I have taken have been amazing, life-changing, decisions.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Ive always had a creative mind and always had an outlet for it as a kid. My parents let me use their camcorder and I’d direct the neighborhood kids in my own movies. I even won a few Teen Video Festival Awards that picked me up in a limo! As a 12 year old, I thought this was the highlight of my filming career and that I was destined to be a director. I then went on set for a commercial shoot and saw what really went into a production and was intimidated by the complexity, the amount of people involved, and how getting your foot in the door meant starting out in some lowly position getting people coffee. So I left those dreams. It wasn’t until 2015 or so, when I picked up a GoPro and started making little edits of random events, that I started rekindling my love for creating video. Since then, and slowly upgrading gear, my goal is to just make a better video each time. I put a lot of passion into my edits and will sometimes work on one element or transition for hours. Its details that other may not even notice but without them I just wouldn’t be satisfied.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego has it all. If a friend was visiting some mandatory stops would be: Getting a California burrito at Vallartas in Pacific Beach after surfing the pier. Take a bike ride through Point Loma through the harbor. Catch a JiuJitsu class at Barum’s JiuJitsu Enjoy some amazing pizza at Isola’s Pizza Bar in La Jolla Then finally catch some sunset and tunes at a rooftop bar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout the San Diego based clothing company Drihp (drihp.com) and specifically the CEO and creator Luke D’Andrea. He was pushed me to start building my videography portfolio and taking my just-for-fun hobby more seriously. When he was creating Drihp from scratch he offered to bring me in as their full-time in-house videographer. It was a huge decision that I was unfortunately not ready to make at the time, but still inspired me to do more with my craft. He was the push I needed to start pushing myself.