Dear employer who wants an awesome, creative and cool employee who works smart,
I am KDM, a photographer, blogger, video editor and author who is a big tech geek and electronics nerd. I wanted to find a kick butt way of introducing you to ME, a very… open-minded, eccentric (in a very good way) and optimistic person who… wants to work for you! Sure, I figured, I would rather give you something a bit different, something that shows my skill set not just talk about it.
I want you to go into an interactive journey with me via the web. Where you can see my earlier works that aren’t easily definable. These are the articles, the videos/films, the photo shoots, the blogs and other things that I have done that highlight what I can do. They show my potential to grow with YOU! They cover those so-called gaps in my résumé.
Here are examples of my work:
Social Media/Blog and/or Video Work done for and maintained by clients:
Project Grow New Zealand- Blog created & maintained: May/June 2010 http://projectgrownz2.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html
Artist Allison Lefcort Promo Video- Created: Jan 2011 http://www.allisonlefcort.com/2011_01_01_archive.html
Cass Mitchell Music- Photos/Videos (June and Aug 2012), Tinker EP Artwork (CD and Digital) and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) created/maintained (Aug 2012-April 2013)
Film Editing: Tailed (June 2013) and Low Tide in the High Desert (June 2011)
Low Tide in the High Desert (Director’s Cut)
Tailed (Director’s Cut)
Prints for Sale
Music Videos done for barter with Elevenpm recording studios
One of the videos done during my time with PCL that reflects determination and tenacity. I had a slight fear of heights… now? I want to do more of…
This video is one of my most recent and involves Sacramento Valley Chorus. They are now using one as their home page starting point.
There are a lot of stories that have come from the travels and odd jobs. Each having an example of characteristics that I have developed. The first story of determination and time management comes from the time where I while working at Project Grow, I had to wheelbarrow mulch from a half mile away (one way) back to the yard. I had to get as much mulch as possible in a morning period because we were expecting heavy rain and wind for the next three. We wanted to mulch as many of our seedlings in as we could. In a 4.5 hour period, I cleared 90 percent of the mulch from the place and had it spread on our plants. It started raining as I was dumping and spreading the last load, but I knew the plants would be ok.
Another example of change and time management was getting Cass Mitchell’s EP Artwork done back in Jan so that the CD could be pressed.
The books… all three and their variations? Came from being determined and doing research about where and how I can get my photography and poetry out to the public. To get the biggest spread possible for the poetry, I used two services (Createspace and Lulu) to help me distribute the works. Blurb distributes both photo books for me. These choices were made after months of research on various blogs and through magazines.
The next story deals with the two film edits. Both Tailed and Low Tide in the High Desert were apart of the Roswell Cosmicon and 7 Day shootout. The shootout had crews shooting scripts that won the scriptwriting contest. The films had to be shot and edited in 7 days (6.5 days really), with an extremely limited budget. To make the task a bit easier, I edited on set! Me, a laptop (mac for Low Tide and Win7 for Tailed), a card reader and a hard drive. The locations of both films made the task quite interesting. Low Tide was shot on a lake and Tailed… had a mix of locations so I had to adjust accordingly. The logistics for both films provided challenges that allowed me to grow. The version of Tailed that is posted above is the director’s cut. There are a couple of differences between it and the festival cut. The main difference is that there were no opening credits in the festival cut because we wanted to get right into the film and make sure we stayed under the time limit.
Both films made the deadline and have gone on to have more success. Both films won the audience award for the festival. Low Tide went on to screen at various film festivals including the Phoenix Film Festival. Tailed is now a web series that we all will hope go further. You can find out more about Tailed at https://www.facebook.com/Tailedfilmseries
The next story though comes from how I have funded the travel. I sit on whatever money I can, and that can be hard considering I am a gadget geek. I love my gadgets, but I love to travel more. I book photo sessions and video edits when they arise. I also use crowdsource funding! Indiegogo and GoFundMe have been my friends on my adventures. To get people to fund is a task in itself and while I have not raised enough funds to avoid eating packaged ramen, I still have gone for it anyway! My most recent crowdsource campaign was http://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/KDMApprenticeElectrician. The effort was made and I have learned from it.
My last story involves a bit of wits and go for it. I have photo work that is featured with Santa Fe Fashion Week under my KDMArts brand. Check out the “Behind The Scenes” and “Runway” galleries. This was one of my first forrays into fashion. I would have never thought of doing fashion but SFFW really gave me a boost of confidence into doing something outside my comfort zone. Another recent project involves a photo exhibition and two books. It was called My Mainstream: My Photos and Poetry in the 21st Century. It was my final project to complete my Master of Arts degree at Eastern New Mexico University. The photo exhibition was posted at the Golden Library on campus. The two books “Hipsta New Mexico” and “Burning Bridges of the Delicate” are in print (on Amazon) and e-book form (Google Play). The process of organizing/producing an exhibition and doing multiple books was a large learning experience as I had to find balance in each part and grow skills that I had not used in a very long time.. My most recent project is a television show I executive produced with Stephen Cuomo of Santa Fe Fashion Week titled, Insight to New Mexico Fashion. The show aired on KENW-TV3 on February 10th and 12th. Mr. Cuomo assisted with guests and I organized crew (all students), hosts (students), studio and air time. The show can be seen at http://youtu.be/ZlJWNdLYZKc The show required a few changes as it was initially set as an hour long show. The morning of filming, we lost guests and therefore, had to change the duration to a half hour. The filming went off without a hitch and the students did well considering how fast the changes came.
As demonstrated, I am a diverse; creative and eccentric (in a good way) worker who will give you ALL that I can give. I want to show my skills for you. I want to grow in my skills as we all grow together and produce the best product possible, regardless of what the task/field is. Allow me the opportunity to work for you. I look forward to hearing from you soon. You can reach me through the form below!
In terms of relocation and salary? I’ll find a way to get to your location! I’ll get there and will be ready to work. If you offer relocation? Great! If not? That’s fine too! I’ll get there anyway! Salary? 30,000 would be awesome to start! We can negotiate though!
Thank you for your time and consideration.