When people ask me what I do I say I'm a "Mulitpotentialite" because I’m very passionate about a lot of different things. Some of my interests include social entrepreneurship, tiny living and sustainability, traveling, making documentaries, and producing YouTube videos. I also love writing, cooking, reading memoirs and biographies, fashion, interior design (seriously I could keep going forever). What I'm trying to say is I don't just do one thing. I love trying new things and I just want to live a fun and creative life full of adventures and opportunities.
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I grew up in Fort Worth Texas, where I spent my days pretending to be anywhere else in the world. Don't get me wrong I love Texas, but it's just too hot for me. In 7th grade I had the bright idea that'd I'd audition for the middle school musical. I'm a fabulous singer...ok well maybe not fabulous...but I try hard. I landed the role of the sultan that year in Aladdin. And just like that a star was born! I continued throughout middle school and high school, where I sometimes found myself acting onstage, but mostly backstage in a dark corner with my flashlight and cue script stage managing multiple musicals and plays. During my senior year of high school I was the stage manager for our UIL One Act play, and lead my company to the state competition with the show Shadow Box.
After high school my plans of pursuing a theatre degree got placed on hold and I landed at the local community college, where I attended classes (most of the time) while also working several customer service jobs. During this time at community college I had the opportunity to take several different classes; it’s here where I discovered my love for business; public speaking and filmmaking. I attempted to give filmmaking a shot and was a finalist in the 2012 TXU Energy Light Up The Red Carpet Film Contest. I transferred to the University of Texas in Austin with dreams of attending their film school, but unfortunately spent the next year hating classes as an English major (seriously I read like 15 books in one semester...it was awful) That spring semester I participated in a Digital Storytelling Seminar where I wrote and directed my second short film My Friend Bob. I attempted yet again to get into the film program, but was unsuccessful. That lead me to Chicago and Columbia College that following spring.
Initially I wanted to be just like every other film student by studying directing and screenwriting, but during my first semester I produced a short documentary entitled Kenna (a film about my little cousin who has a rare genetic disorder) and just like that I was hooked on documentary filmmaking. Since switching over to documentaries I’ve taken classes in cinematography, sound, producing, storytelling, and actual production classes. Recently I was location sound for a short documentary titled Perfect Imperfections. I’m currently working on a project tentatively titled Rural (about rural American’s and their views on voting).
In the near future I see myself lying on a beach sipping fruity pineapple drinks. Just kidding, I actually see myself growing my YouTube channel Time With Tyler. I'm also in the beginning stages of creating a blog on body positivity. I'm also working on another short documentary that I hope to filming by the spring! I'd also love to film my first feature length documentary in a few years; which may or may not include a tiny house and some good ole father/son bonding. Stay tuned for more!