Sometimes, it’s so personal, it hurts to hear.
Other times, the look, the detail, the gesture, the unhindered drive can inspire me for months.
Storytelling is a privilege to me. I consider it a value-giving task to listen to someone and shape how they share their lives. From CEOs to students, I consider each interview and production an opportunity for excellence.
My career in journalism began with an effort to leave school early my senior year of high school. Not exactly noble. I decided I was good at talking, translated that into “communication,” looked up that topic in the yellow pages and came across TV and radio stations in my hometown of Springfield, IL. I hatched an internship into work-study and would leave school at lunch to head into the “real world” – WDBR-WTAX.
On January 28, 1986, my casual relationship with storytelling changed forever. On my way to the radio station, I listened in my car as my friend Eileen broke the news of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. In the newsroom, I saw everyone standing around a TV. The devastation of that moment was contained in the split screen of joyful astronauts walking into the vessel next to that vessel disappearing into debris before our eyes.
I instantly learned the power of video to communicate without saying anything.
Flash forward to 1990 – I graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. I worked as an on-air reporter and anchor for KFVS-TV (CBS) in Cape Girardeau, MO; WICD-TV (NBC) in Champaign, IL and, finally, weekend anchor and reporter for WKRC-TV (CBS) in Cincinnati, Ohio. I anchored a three-hour Saturday morning show, reported for the 11 o’clock news and married then Director of Commercial Production, Clay Kisker.
When Clay accepted a job in Pittsburgh, I stayed home for several years to raise our three children – Olivia, Grayson and Faith. I felt that I couldn’t tell the kind of stories I wanted to tell in local news. During that time, I learned how to edit on an Avid by producing cable TV shows for our church, Christ United Methodist.
In February of 2009, I stumbled onto well-produced, inspiring “good news” videos from the United Methodist Communications Service based in Nashville, TN. I called and Clay and I became a contract production crew for UMCOM. We’ve traveling the country and the globe – from New York to LA to Managua to collect and share how God is moving in people’s lives. Our videos opened conferences with hundreds of thousands of people, generated support for anti-malaria efforts and motivated countless viewers to action. We continue this work today.
Over the years, we’ve produced documentaries – one for PBS entitled “Kenya, Africa – One Woman’s Hope. One Country’s Dream,” another to fund raise for Project Chacocente, a 501c3 that moves families from the Managua City Dump to fertile farmland.
In 2016, we became early adopters of a new technology to create Matterport 3D tours. This led us to push the company for upgrades, which allow multi-media companies like ours to incorporate videos and high-resolution photos inside the 3D model. It’s honestly like being there. We’ve captured STEM Centers, museums and mansions.
Clay and I don’t do any project if we can’t do it with excellence. So, please, explore this website. See our professional passion moving in front of your eyes. Then, email or call. Maybe the vision is contagious!