I originally got into shooting headshots when I was in college. But the story starts way earlier than that! It goes all the way back to the Nintendo 64.
What? Yes, I said Nintendo 64.
Nintendo 64 was released in 1996, but we didn't buy one until a few years later. I remember I was nine years old at the time that we had gotten the GoldenEye James Bond game. It was the original first-person shooter game. Needless to say, as a nine year old male, I was obsessed. I'd get home from school every day and play that game for hours! When I finally did beat the game and there was nothing left to do, I decided to start watching all the James Bond movies. I wanted to know the story of how this video game was created. So I watched GoldenEye first (of course), and then started watching all the rest of them.
And I got hooked. I wanted to be James Bond! "Mom and Dad, can I be James Bond when I grow up?" No. That was too far away. Growing up would take forever!!! How could I be James Bond now? I want to be cool like that, running through explosions and shooting cool guns and driving fancy cars that could drop oil slicks or fly when you need them to.
Well, if being James Bond in real life meant I would need to wait until I was older, and it also meant I might be in very dangerous situations (according to Mom), then how could I become James Bond in a safe way right now?
"I want to make a James Bond movie! And I get to be James Bond!"
"Steven and Jenny (sister), you can be the bad guys and I get to kill you."
I found our family's video camera and we filmed The Man With the Silver PPK. A bunch of ten year olds running down the block with huge toy machine guns in their hands, I reflect back on our luck for not having the cops called!
And that's what I did in my spare time. Oh, and I also did something else.
An entrepreneur at heart, I decided to create a craft stand and sell popsicle stick picture frames, jewelry boxes, necklaces, and other crafts. And of course lemonade on those hot summer days in South Jersey. I remember one day making the unfortunate decision to run out in front of on-coming traffic holding a huge sign to try to get people to stop and buy stuff. That didn't work, and only got people screaming out their window at us for being stupid.
But my little business was somewhat successful, and I remember one day making over $130 in sales.
And so my two passions were born: filmmaking and entrepreneurship.
But how did I get into headshots from that? I'll explain next week. Stay tuned!
Update: Click here to read Martin's Story (Part 2)
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