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. My most recent project Rural is a short documentary on rural American voters after Trump's election. Rural premiered at DocYourWorld in Chicago and has since won a bronze award at the Spotlight Documentary Awards and was an official selection at the Adirondack Film Festival in New York. Check out the rest of my film projects here!
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 working on launching a blog on fear for my 2018 resolution. I want to spend next year living a year with no fear, which I'll write about in my blog. I'm also in the works to start my next film project with some of my friends! Stay tuned for more!