One may ask, “What is a Telly Award?” Telly Awards.com explains, “The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries yearly from all 50 states and 5 continents.”
I am blessed to have won two Telly Awards this year. Last year I was also awarded a Telly Award for my mini-documentary The Friday Phil. This year, the two entries I chose to enter were My Adoption, and Real Change Fresno.
My Adoption won for general documentary: individual. I spoke to the camera about how I was adopted, what I went through as an infant, and how God called on two special people who adopted me. I wrote about this first and was hesitant to even put it out there. But after I prayed on it, I decided to set up the camera and just talk about what I went through. Such as the child abuse, how I was able to meet my birth parents and sisters and the people who adopted me. I decided to share my story because I wanted those who are adopted to not feel ashamed. I also wanted to connect with those who are thinking about adopting a child. When you adopt a child, they are chosen, not forgotten…that in its self is very special.
The second entry, Real Change Fresno, was about how people can help the homeless in Fresno county. This was right down my alley. I was chosen to work on this video by Jenni Solla and Katie Williamson, who were both part of Fresno’s Leadership class #33. Their project was to help people understand what homelessness is, and how we can strive to fix it. They were very instrumental in gathering info and people we needed to interview. I always say it is the people who tell the story that count, I just put it all together.
The awards are nice, but being recognized for the work I put out is more important. I am a strong believer in getting messages out. Video is very instrumental in getting the word out. You can share videos now through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, and your own blog site. My Adoption may be the most vulnerable I have ever been. People who know me understand that I am not the loud guy at the party, I am reserved, but I needed to tell my story so that I could hopefully help others in need. Thank you, God, for giving me the will to express myself in a video that could possibly someday change someone’s life.
I have been working in television/media for over 16 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, and storyteller. It is my belief that you have a chance to better your skills each time you pick up the camera. I strive to be better than I was yesterday.