My love of content creation isn’t limited to writing and photography. I love to create audio and video content, too.
For two years, I hosted a talk radio show that accompanied my economics and politics blog, ECOMINOES. In addition to being a fun hobby, hosting the show enabled me to speak with some high-profile economics/finance analysts such as Karl Denninger and local political personalities such as Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon.
For Solidus.Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit I founded that promoted economic strength and stability, sound money, equality of opportunity, and reduced government debt by limiting the Federal Reserve System’s influence on the U.S. economy, I had the pleasure of speaking with some high-profile economics/business personalities such as Neil Cavuto of the Fox Business Network and Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute.
Operating Solidus.Center also gave me the opportunity to direct a promotional video and publish several video clips on the website.
Additionally, music, like photography, is a large part of my personal life. I have many years of experience playing guitar, singing, and playing drums, and I’ve played in a number of groups from a number of genres, including the College of Charleston Concert Choir and the Charleston Community Drum Circle, featured below.
1) Writing, directing, and appearing in an effective promotional video with a clear, compelling message: Solidus.Center
I wrote, directed, and appeared in this promotional video for my nonprofit, Solidus.Center. In the video, I strove to convey the organization’s message in a clear, succinct, and compelling manner: That ours was a true grassroots organization that worked with the American people to limit the Federal Reserve’s influence on the U.S. economy…in order to restore *their* American dreams. Funny story: I directed the cameraman to divide the shot of me into two parts so the reflection of the rusty, warped doors of the U.S. Customs house in downtown Charleston, SC would be visible on the left side of the screen (symbolizing the decay of the American economy, contrasting with the image of me standing tall in front of a solid concrete column on the right side). The doors were reflecting an American flag that was flown on top of a building across the street–a not-to-subtle Easter egg–, but it fell down just before shooting!
2) Distilling an academic subject into easily-understood conversation: Solidus.Center
NOTE: To listen to these tracks on a mobile device, tap the black “listen in browser” button (located below the orange “listen on SoundCloud” button), then tap the pause button on the top-left of the picture twice. The audio should begin to play after 3-5 seconds.
Of all of the interviews I’ve conducted, this one of economist and author Richard Ebeling for my nonprofit is among my favorites. Richard isn’t one of the highest-profile personalities I’ve interviewed, but he is one of the best communicators: He delivered his criticisms of the Federal Reserve–an academic subject–in a non-academic, easily digestible manner. The purpose of Solidus.Center was to educate the American public about the dangers of modern Fed policy so that it may demand change. That meant speaking to the average American about an esoteric subject in a language that they could understand. I think Richard did an excellent job of that.
3) Speaking to a passionate audience with passion: ECOMINOES Radio
I was hesitant to post this promo for my former talk radio show because it features me speaking in a fiery manner, which contrasts with my overall kind, mild-mannered nature. However, I’ve decided to post it because, although it doesn’t accurately represent my daily comportment, it does demonstrate my ability to modify my speech for an audience. For the show, I tailored my delivery to my audience of young, well-educated, politically-passionate Americans who, more often than not, had been deeply affected by unfortunate economic developments in this country since the 2008 Financial Crisis. My aim was to speak to them about matters they were passionate about by covering topics from my economics and politics blog through impassioned monologues and spirited discussions with guests. For various reasons, I ended up reverting to draft a great many of the blog posts that became points of lively discussions over the years, but I did keep–and do cherish–all of the messages I received from listeners who thanked me for covering with passion topics that they cared about deeply.
4) Contributing to something greater than myself: Charleston Community Drum Circle and College of Charleston Concert Choir
Some potential employers balk at hiring me because I’ve always owned my own businesses; they question my desire to work as a team member. In reality, I’ve worked as an eager team member of many professional and personal projects, including two of my favorite music groups, the Charleston Community Drum Circle and the College of Charleston Concert Choir.
As exemplified by the following video of one of the CCDC drum circles on James Island (at the now-defunct Brick House Kitchen…may it rest in peace), I reveled in contributing to Charleston’s cultural scene as a member of the group, not as an individual. In fact, you can’t even see my face here. And that’s fine with me; the circles weren’t about me. They were about community.
The same applied when I sang for the CofC choir, where I was just one tenor in a group of 30 or more people. While it’s true that we sang in front of some large audiences at high-profile events such as Spoleto Festival U.S.A., our appeal wasn’t the individual talents of the choir members. On the contrary, it was the synergy created by interaction between the singers, the overall sound and stage presence of our group.
As you can see from this playbill from our performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, I was one of many, many singers who performed that night. (My name is on the bottom of the page, in the center tenor section.)
Video coming soon.