I’m not much of one for these letters so I’ll keep it brief. I have decided to retire from steadicam. It has been a tough choice but overall I think it is the right one. I want to thank you all for being such an open and wonderful community and I want you to know how appreciative I am for that. I really have loved all the years I have spent doing this truly amazing job and I am happy to have learned so much during this time and to have met all the great people along the way, especially Garrett Brown. Thank you for inventing this magical device that gave us all careers. It has been a blessing.
I will still be in the film business so hopefully I’ll get to see some of your lovely faces around the block.
To give a little context to my decision:
First and foremost, I have some old sports injuries that have reared their ugly heads, most notably a broken ankle (hairline fracture) from 2008. Now my ankle is swollen after every job and the pain has reached a more-than-uncomfortable level. My knee has started to overcompensate. My other ankle isn’t too much better.
This led me to question things. Really, it forced me to ask myself how long I could continue and what I would do pending the answer. This is when I found writing again. I felt complete when I could sit down and write and create, which has now led me to produce & direct my first piece in quite a long time. To be honest, I love steadicam and the camera department, but with everything weighing in I had to make a tough call and one question that resonated with me, “What would I go through hell to get?” Not sure if it’s the right call but I feel it is. I might fail. But I might succeed and the decision is up there as one of the hardest in my life. I feel I have to go in full steam ahead.
It should be mentioned that I had some beautiful moments. Some horror stories as well (what steadicam op doesn’t) but some of my proudest moments in life are a result of the work I did as a steadicam op. I will forever keep those moments close. Plus all of the awesome people I have met along the way, some of which I call my closest friends. Steadicam has taught me so much and I will take what I have learned into the next phase of whatever this career and life may bring.
Okay, I’ll stop rambling now. So long and thanks for all the fish.
May the steadi-force be with you.