Just wrapped a 72 hour west coast all hustle, no sleep tour with Sean Forbes and Jake Bass. We performed in Salt Lake City for the first time, seeing an amazing turnout of about 350 fans. We then flew over to Reno to perform at the University of Nevada, Reno, with a tiger in the crowd. From there we flew out to Riverside, California to perform at a Deaf Awareness Street festival where the temperature was a cool 100 degree’s when we took the stage. It was nice to be back on stage with the band again after a summer hiatus.
The last four months of life has been absolutely crazy busy, which explains my complete lack of updates. Life has a funny way of taking you places that you least expect.
Since I last posted in May, I took a spill skateboarding on a halfpipe and fractured my wrist, which put my left hand out of commision for a month. While that was healing, I headed off to work my 10th Bonnaroo Music Festival which saw me clock in 82 hours of work in just 8 days. I took some much needed R&R and took off to Chicago to enjoy the Grateful Dead’s final GD50 shows. Followed up by a short 5 day vacation in Tamarindo, Costa Rica which was the last of my summer downtime.
In July, I was invited to LA to Assistant Direct alongside director Jules Dameron for a new online TV series that is currently under wraps and will be debuting in the New Year. After a week engulfed in Hollywood with a small crew of 25, I then took off to New York City with the D-PAN crew to Assistant Direct a soon-to-be released ASL music video for a band that is currently dominating the charts right now. This project saw me coordinating and scheduling a shoot with a crew of 50 and overseeing 80 people on set.
This summer also saw me working quite a lot of concerts, ranging from Lana Del Ray, Kenny Chesney and One Direction to name a few.
I’ll let the attached photos share my stories of summer. I’ve broken them up into 3 galleries;
1st: Rock n Rollers
3rd: Photos from the Film sets I worked on
I look forward to sharing all of my work very soon. Until then…
The Deaf and Loud Spring ’15 Tour has officially wrapped. Another amazing journey with band and crew – after warming up with a few shows around Michigan, we hit the road for three weeks starting with a show at Mt. Aloysius College in PA, and a D-PAN ASL Music Video workshop in Delaware, continuing on to shows in South Carolina, St. Augustine, and Tampa Fl, Corpus Christi, Austin, and Houston TX, stops in Memphis to visit Graceland and Sun Studios, and wrapping with shows in Louisville and lastly Mississippi, it was one for the books.
A special THANK YOU to everyone that came out to show their support and rock out with us. It was AWESOME to have Robbie Wilde, a Deaf DJ from New Jersey join us. Thanks to Sean Forbes for once again bringing me along on tour. I couldn’t be more honored to share the stage with Sean, Robbie, and Jake Bass.
To be able to tour, play music with friends, meet friends old and new, inspire people, and make a living doing this as a Deaf individual is something I’ve worked extremely hard for, and I’m forever grateful for all the kind words and support. Sean and I have been touring together for 8 years, and it’s amazes me that we can continue doing this and make these shows bigger and better everytime we go back to a town.
April 13 and 14th saw the D-PAN team visiting Delaware School for the Deaf to give a two day workshop to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students on how to create a music video. We had 22 students, and in just 2 school days, we successfully guided the students through the process of brainstorming, performing, filming, and editing an ASL music video. It was a lot of hard work, but amazing to see how the students pulled it off with the limited amount of time they had. Congrats to them all.
If you are interested in learning more about the video workshops we host with D-PAN, seeing past videos, or interested in having us come to your school to do a workshop, click here.
Here is the final video the students created.
I also realized that I never shared the final video by the students from our February workshop, so here is “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift filmed by students from our Holley Family Village ASL music video workshop.
The ‘Wrecking Ball’ video Adrean Mangiardi and I filmed was uploaded directly into D-PAN’s facebook page on March 5th, and in under 24 hours, garnered over 21,500 views, nearly 575 shares and 500 likes. I will never understand the odd trends of social media sites but it’s certainly great to see lots of positive feedback and praise. Thanks to those who shared and watched!! If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out on my Video Profile page.
Excited to share our Spring 2015 tour dates. More specifics will be announced soon – check out my ‘On Tour‘ Page for additional details. Looking forward to being back out on the road. DJ Robbie Wilde will be joining us for the majority of the run too. New songs, new stage set-up, new gear, gonna be awesome!! See you soon!!!
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On Sunday, February 22nd, D-PAN released a new ASL music video directed by Adrean Mangiardi starring performer Rosina Mae. I was the Assistant Director & Location Scout for this shoot. We filmed in February of 2014 in Detroit. This was a fun independent shoot that Adrean and Rosina wanted to do. Check it out!
February 20-22nd saw the D-PAN team host another Youth ASL music video sign language weekend workshop. We had 20 students ages 12-17 attend the camp, many coming from Detroit and metro Detroit area, as well as a couple students from Massachusetts!
We are extremely proud of the students as they put their heads together to create, film, perform and edit a music video in just 12 hours. A hard task indeed. These kids never cease to amaze me with their passion and excitement. Once again I am blown away by the result. I couldn’t be more honored to be involved with such a talented team to help blossom and develop the future of Deaf Talent! The video is going through a few minor touch-ups and will be released shortly!!
EDIT: Here’s the video:
All has been quiet on the homefront as I’ve been busy with work projects. Got a couple music video releases coming up soon that I’m looking forward to sharing as well as some upcoming tour dates to be announced soon for dates in March and April.
In the meantime, I recently worked Billy Idol “Kings and Queens of the Underground” tour when it came through Detroit on 2/6/15. Billy still has it!!