Thank you to the @universityofhawaii
Academy for Creative Media for selecting me for the alumni award this year. And thank you to my dad who represented me at the awards ceremony in Hawaii on Friday! ❤️❤️❤️ I wrote a speech for the night, but my professor didn’t see it in time, so I’ll post it up here instead: “To the ACM Faculty, Staff, and Students,
Thank you so much for this honor. I’m sorry I can’t be there in person, but let’s be honest, Joel Moffett is a much more exciting speaker than I am. My time at ACM was a very special period in my life. Everything that I’ve accomplished so far can be traced back to the lessons that were engrained in me by my peers and professors here. The ACM program helped me to find both a sense of purpose and my voice as a storyteller, as well as some of my closest and dearest friends to this day. Without all of you and this program, I would not be where I am today.
I’d also like to thank all of the students and professors who helped in the creation of my thesis film last fall. Nothing gave me more joy than to return to Hawaii and collaborate with past and present ACM students to make a story about my home.
To the students in attendance tonight, please know there is nothing special about me. Everything I achieved was due to dedication, hard work, and passion. Make the most out of every opportunity you get and remember that each time you step behind a camera you are blessed with the opportunity to bring something to life — to bring something that is apart of you to life. Embrace those values and you can achieve just as much, if not more than I have.
ACM is a very special place. Cherish your time here. I know I always will.
Thank you." #UH #UHM #ACM #alumni #film #filmlife #blessed #hawaii #student #school #thankyoudad