I’ve been a YouTube filmmaker for 10 years now, that’s since 2009 and I’m talking for the Film Courage channel about why you should be filmmaking every day.
So after my little intro really who am I and why would you even listen to me?
Like I said I’ve been making YouTube videos for about 10 years. I’ve been working in little productions even before that since before YouTube was around (now that feels like a different era).
I approached Film Courage to collaborate because that’s just what I do. I always want to reach out to people and see who can I work with? Who can I find something in common with where we can make something and just follow my instincts on that? But I also try and develop my instincts on that too. I think filmmaking every day is really important for me, it’s crucial for me actually. There is no such thing as taking a day off to not really be engaged in filmmaking because even if I’m not literally filming something I’m always trying to take in something and experience and learn and try to deal with whatever circumstances I have and let the environment inform me about what kind of stories there are to tell.
“I think we all have excuses for why we don’t do things and we convince ourselves they are not a good idea. I shouldn’t do it because it’s going to be too much work and so it’s not going to make sense to do.”
I’ve had to struggle through a lot. I’ve been homeless the last eight months. I’m filming in this field now because it’s the first field I could find in 3 hours in Los Angeles where it’s like somewhat adequate conditions where I can film in.
I live in my car and through it all I think I wanted to do it even though it’s been a struggle, it’s been challenging, I’ve been broke and lonely. I want to keep doing it, I have to. It’s been really important for me to get that experience.
Now about filmmaking every day. I was thinking about how I came to this point to be in Los Angeles. I was working constantly on my YouTube channel for a long time…to start out I didn’t though. Starting out it was just something I did for fun once in awhile and then I was focusing on trying to do videography and I just figured some how I’ll get rich doing videography.
Along the lines of filmmaking every day, I think we all have excuses for why we don’t do things and we convince ourselves they are not a good idea to do. I shouldn’t do it because it’s going to be too much work and so it’s not going to make sense to do.
I shouldn’t film something because…and it doesn’t even…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
BIO: Filmmaker behind Angelo’s Mom, guy who hates Annandale, VA, and resident of a 2005 Honda Civic, Angelo Mike has been a YouTube filmmaker for ten years. A northern Virginia native, he drove 2700 miles to move to Los Angeles not even knowing where he’d sleep his first night. Through mental illness, being homeless, isolation, and near car failure, he makes videos virtually every day in addition to working on set, writing, and networking. Determined to make a lot with a little, he reflects that his biggest successes have come from his lowest points, and his overarching goal above all else is to be filmmaking every day. He shares painful stories of grief and illness, stories of reversals of fortune, and the resolve those gave him to realize triumphs.
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