The Work/Hobby Struggle

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It’s no secret, I live a very active lifestyle. My wife tells me all the time, “Chad, you can’t do ALL THE THINGS!”.
I started getting in the outdoors when I was a little kid with my dad.
In 2010/2011 I was introduced to adventure recreation on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, my fiancé Martha (fiancé then, wife now) was finishing up her degree at Tennessee Tech University and I had just started my career as a Graphic Designer.
We didn’t have any kids at the time and I started whitewater kayaking in the local rivers and creeks.

After getting my name out there and picking up several sponsorships, media started playing a huge factor in growing brands and promoting yourself personally.
I took several photography/videography classes and kept shooting as much media content as I could.
This soon developed a love for telling stories with my camera, whether traveling in North America kayaking or working with brands for my business, my camera is always close by.
There is no teacher like experience, the best advice I was ever given was to, “Go out there and make terrible movies”.
I didn’t understand it then, but now I look back every year at projects I worked on previous years and think they were terrible.
Each time you pick up your camera you learn something, it’s one of my favorite things about telling stories, each one has something new to teach you.

This story below is a trip that I took early this year, it was a 2 week trip at the end of February into the beginning of March.
This was the first trip where I was disconnected from the outside world for an extended period of time.
I tried to capture the importance of taking time to disconnect and hit your “reset” button.
I hope you enjoy this short film as much as I enjoyed making it!

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