Salutations Everyone. So about 9 or so years ago I was working as JCP. I hated it. I was living paycheck to paycheck, it was not great. Then a couple of buddies of mine started an AV company and let me come in after-hours and clean and organize gear coming in and out. After a few months, they hired me and that’s when I was officially introduced to the Audio Visual industry. I worked for them for three years teaching myself how to operate and repair the equipment and helping them build their equipment and logistics system. About a year in I started going out on-site to deal with clients. This is when I truly started coming into my own and my personality was able to shine. after a couple more years requests from clients for me to lead their events became too much on top of working for my friend’s company, so we parted ways. Was it scary jumping out on my own? Yes. Did I have lots of ups and downs? Yes, but by doing so I opened myself up to many new opportunities. It forced me to learn valuable skills, like how to keep track of deductibles, pay taxes, budgeting, as well as the constant evolution of Event Technologies, there was always something to learn. Now years later I have thrown two fundraisers myself. One a food drive with an art show, solely focused on local art, with raffles, etc. I was able to raise over 600lbs of food and the second a music and arts festival. 10 hours of live music, live art, art galleries, raffles, etc and we raised about $3,000 that day. I have also been able to follow my dreams of doing film audio, and more and although I sincerely feel my drive has helped, I would be remiss to not at least give some of the credit to this beautiful industry. I truly think showing people how to get into the Audio Visual Industry and the opportunities within it can change so many lives and help give people who want to create content and change the world, the funds, and the freedom to do so. Though I still have much more I want to accomplish, between my drive and the opportunity I have received and will receive, you can best believe I’m gonna get there and you can too!