I was raised by two deaf parents in St. Augustine, FL, so my upbringing was less than traditional. High School was a tangled mess of identities, and my first year college was just a mess. I moved to New York, NY to pursue a career in film production. With a little luck I got an intern job at the amazing production company Ghost Robot (Click Here: Ghost Robot Site). Over the course of a year, I went from mealy office intern to office manager and moonlighted in production roles on everything from toy commercials to horror documentaries. I put on my big boy pants and I moved to New Orleans, LA to produce and assistant direct the feature film Crescent City (Trailer: Crescent City). Just prior to the 2007 WGA Writer’s Strike, I went to work for VH1 as a production manager for the initial RockBand ad campaign and 2nd Assistant Directing a horror film called “Trance.” But after the Writer’s Strike, I couldn’t find a job to save my life, or at least pay the bills.
In 2008, I moved back to my hometown and got a dog, became a kitchen manager, hung out with my mom, and eventually met my wife. So, coming back home with your tail between your legs isn’t always bad.
From 2011 to 2014, I worked for the St. Johns County School District as an Instructional Television Specialist. I ran the SJCSD cable channel, created original content, made administrative videos, repaired and rebuilt closed circuit television systems, and designed and installed television studios in schools. I’d like to think of myself as a TV/Film production Swiss army knife, as any good producer should be.
From 2014 to 2016 I have worked as a manager at the legendary Surf Station in St. Augustine, Florida. There I managed the staff, store, website, and everything in-between. Check out the store here: (Click Here: Surf Station Store)
For the last four years I’ve taught high school TV Production to over 200 students per year. It is the most challenging, creative, and rewarding job I have ever held. It can be frustrating, but at the end of the day what job isn’t. In my spare time I like to surf and work on weird projects. I have been moonlighting doing freelance photography and production work for some time now, so I’m always looking for something interesting to shoot! Hit me up and lets go create something rad!
– Justin C.