About Me

PRODUCTION MANAGMENT

I have experience not only as production manager for television and SVOD platforms, but also with productions for various government, non-profit, religious, and corporate entities. I also bring over 20 years of experience with independent productions. I have the knowledge and associations to bring your project to fruition.

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EXPERIENCED EDUCATOR

I studied educational psychology at Loyola University in New Orleans and have been an Apple certified master trainer for their professional applications for over 15 years. Along with experience teaching a variety of courses on a variety of media production subjects for universities, national organizations, broadcast stations, government/military organizations, and more.

I have taught post-production at LSU as well as lead their Summer Teen Filmmaking Bootcamp, was the post-Katrina video production trainer for New Orleans Video Access Center, and have been a guest trainer at New Orleans Center For Creative Arts, with experience teaching numerous courses for major corporations, broadcasters, and universities across the US.

Before this I was an IT professional for 15 years and successfully taught a wide variety of technical courses for local businesses and national corporations, to both technicians and end-users alike, as well as being a national junior project manager for NCR.

I come from a long family line of professional educators and feel teaching is in my blood.

EXTENSIVE CLIENT LIST

I’ve consulted, trained, and produced for and with clients such as US Central Command Tampa, Southern Methodist University, Louisiana State University, Progressive Insurance, Burns & McDonnel Engineering, Louisiana FastStart, OnSite Software, American Institute of Architects, National Association of Broadcasters, Univision, Discovery Channel, Acadiana Open Channel, Deaf Talk Services, CNN, ComCast, Ochsner Hospital, Homeland Security, Delgado College, Future Media Concepts, EF Tours, WLAE New Orleans, Alabama Farmers Federation, Mississippi State University, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Phyxware Inc, macProVideo, Go4Cast, Johnson County Community College,The Orchard Solutions, Business Rules Inc, and more.

HIGHLIGHTS

Over the years in my current profession and from my former IT career I’ve improved and enhanced both the personnel and technical aspects involved with every employment position and contract job I’ve held.

TV shows I’ve produced include: Let’s Talk About Dogs, Fay@Five, Black Business Excellence, Property Problems, Baker Forward, Neely UMC, and many more.
Held offices of editor, vice-president, and then president of the LA Association of Video Professionals from 2002 to 2004.
Produce video pieces for the Baton Rouge Police Department K9 Division.
FAA Licensed sUAS Pilot and Apple Certified Master Trainer.
Was production manager at both WLFT TV & Louisiana Film Channel.
Media Producer & head live streaming for St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Lead Trainer at LSU’s Teen Filmmaking Bootcamp.
A Red Cross Volunteer of The Year for video production 2001.
Studied Educational Psychology at Loyola University NOLA.
President of Balser Properties, LLC
SCO Unix Advanced Certified Engineer (formerly)
CAIS Certified Network Designer And Installation Manager (formerly)

Also: Composer, Dog Trainer, Woodworker, Farmer

LIFE-LONG LEARNING

Coming from a long line of professional educators I find myself a life-long learner. I love to always be learning something new. I have been a member of MasterClass.com, Editmentor.com, macPro Video, Udemy, and several others for quite some time now. Here are some of the courses I’ve completed online over the years.

I’ve also designed and taught in-person and online courses in filmmaking, video editing, color grading, graphic design, sound design, and mobile media production.

MasterClass.com:
Graphic Design - David Carson
Mental Strength - Robin Arzon
Dog Training - Brandon McMillan
Communication - Robin Roberts
Scientific Thinking/Communication - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Style - Tan France
Entrepreneurship - Sara Blakley
Film Scoring - Hans Zimmer
Filmmaking - Jody Foster
Photography - Annie Leibovitz
Storytelling - Neil Gaimen
Writing - Malcom Gladwell
Comedy - Steve Martin
Advertising - Jeff Goodby & Rich Silverstein
Negotiation - Chris Voss
Short Story Writing - Joyce Carol Oates
Songwriting - St. Vincent
Mindfulness Meditation - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Apple, Inc
Support Professional 10.5
Master Trainer:

Logic Pro
Logic Pro X
Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro X
Motion
Compressor
Final Cut Server
Aperture
DVD Studio Pro
Color
SoundTrack Pro
Misc Certificates:
Commercial sUAS Pilot - FAA
LiveView 600 & 2000 - LiveUniversity
iZotope RX 7 - macPro Video
Music Mixing & Mastering - Thomas George
Music Theory Levels 1-3 - Australian Music Exam Board
Online Music Marketing - Thomas George
Sales - Grant Cardone
A+ Computer Technician - CompTIA
Wired & Wireless Network Design - CassSoft

Media Production/Consulting/TrainingLouisiana And Beyond

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