This is a great story all by itself. It’s an amazing story every time I think about it. Around January 2010 I was going into 4 months of volunteering in the Media Department of my church, Calvary Chapel. I enjoyed using their cameras, being in the studio and helping with all the church’s productions. I was learning a lot, needless to say. I recently changed my Facebook profile picture to a picture of me running a professional camera at the outdoor “Christmas in the Park[ing Lot]“. It is a really cool picture where I’m on a riser and I’m wearing a headset and the works. I look pretty pro in it.
Anyway, I had heard of this local rock band from my good friend, Vonabell, and I liked what I heard. Found them on Facebook and clicked “Become A Fan” (remember those good ol’ days?). The band announces that they are doing a FREE show at a local church. I liked their stuff enough to want to see them perform so I started making plans. That included clicking on “Attending” on the concert’s Facebook Event Page.
Fast-forward a few days later and I get an odd message from a complete stranger in my Facebook inbox. This man named Jamie Leavitt asks me if I would like to film his concert event that is managing. I had NO idea what this “creep” was talking about. My dad and I agreed to ignore it because an adult has no business asking a 15-year-old to do something like that out of the blue. I ignore the message completely.
The next day I am giving my friend info on the concert I’m going to and go to the Event Page so I can copy/paste him the link. It was then that I noticed that the “Event Creator” was a person named Jamie Leavitt (*lightbulb*). After telling my dad what I found he assisted me in a reply explaining the profile picture he more than likely saw when I replied “Going” to the event page. I was right in assuming he saw my picture thinking the camera and headset was all my stuff. He didn’t know I was only 15 and said that he would still like me to do the video production if my dad didn’t mind. We both were more than up for it. My church’s media department gave me lots of advice and help before I got started and the production was fairly successful! I had help from my dad, little brother Seth, and two friends of mine. The bands were very helpful in giving me material for the video and I got to meet From This Fire, the main reason why I wanted to go to the concert in the first place! ;)
I just love how the Lord worked into getting me to work my FIRST concert event video at only age 15-YEARS-OLD! The church did another concert event the next year and guess who they asked to do their video production again? ;)
To be continued…