For starters, I was born and raised in KY. Growing up...I never was involved in talent shows, school performances, or anything musical or theatrical for that matter. Outside of singing in church as a child, never really was involved with music or the arts growing up.
In 2005, I enrolled at Asbury University, which is a school that is well renowned internationally for their media department. This is where I received my initial training in the field of media. From screenwriting to video production to photography to graphic design...I learned about all of these things and more while attending Asbury. In 2008, I graduated with a B.A. in Media Communications and an emphasis in production.
Upon graduation, I worked as Creative Services Director for WKYT, a television station in Lexington, KY, and a Gray Television affiliate. While working at WKYT, my main responsibility was to produce commercials for the sales department. I was a "one man band" of sorts, so I literally did all of the pre and post production for every commercial...and on average I produced 10-20 commercials per week as head of that department.
With all that said, I am currently in the Tallahassee, FL area but will be in the Miami, FL area starting as of January 2016. I'm working as a media freelancer right now...for weddings, commercials, event photography/videography, etc...so if anyone is in the area and would like to tag team on upcoming projects...please let me know. I'd love to connect with any other creatives in the area.
Name: Derek Bland
Lives in: Miami, Florida
Occupation: Author, Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Graphic Designer, Musician, Photographer (Still), Producer, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Sound Editor, Sound Mixer and Videographer