Here at The Collective Experience we dedicate ourselves to connecting with people who are passionate and hardworking when it comes to their dreams. We constantly look for individuals who tackle their goals head on and chase their dreams on a daily basis. These are people who possess the raw tenacity and will power needed to get things done and accomplish some incredible things. Each month we will highlight people who fall into this category in the hopes to inspire others to follow in their footsteps or make the leap and start something on their own.
This month we stumbled upon videographer Casey Cole. Casey is steadily making a name for himself in the Motocross edit world and already has some impressive stats on his resume. Casey regularly films, edits, and promotes videos of some of the best Motocross and Supercross athletes in the world. Not bad for a young guy who is fairly new to the scene. This speaks volumes to his talents and dedication to his craft. Casey’s journey is filled with lessons and clues that we can all follow and apply to our own personal goals and ventures. We wanted to pick Casey’s brain a bit and get to know the man behind the lens….
Casey: I come from a very small town located in North Eastern Pennsylvania named Athens. Throughout my whole childhood I have always had a taste for excitement and adrenaline. This was evident in everything that I did. Thankfully, that hunger never left my side. Every day I try and push myself into a position that will satisfy this need for excitement and adventure. I have ridden dirt bikes, drove (and crashed) Polaris side-by-sides, and I’ve also done a few things in vehicles that I probably shouldn’t have.
Fairly early on I realized that becoming a professional motocross racer or being full-blown athlete was a little unrealistic. This was mostly due to the fact that I never raced much and even though I had a lot of fun riding I was never the best at it. So around the middle of 2012 I decided to take on a new hobby, film making. I decided to pursue this passion with my iPhone 4 back then. I remember thinking that it was absolutely insane and unbelievable that I could make something that people like myself would sit down to watch an enjoy. This obviously took over much of my time once I got the hang of it and I started getting more serious about it. I really became engulfed in the hobby when my High School days slowly started coming to an end.
My senior year in high school, I got a GoPro Hero 4 for Christmas and used that for about a year until I was able to get a Sony Handycam. Once my skills began to mature and develop I was nominated for several awards at video conventions and I was even placed in a well-known newspaper because of it. I am very glad to say that’s not where my projects ended, but rather where they began.
About three months after my High School graduation I began my college life down in Orlando, Florida at Full Sail University for film. It was at this time that I decided that I had to make a name for myself in filming. I had a good amount of people from my home of Pennsylvania that supported me, but when it came to Florida, I was all by myself. I had to make it on my own in a place I was unfamiliar with. I knew that I had to do this no matter what since it was my passion. So the objective was pretty simple, film as much as I can and pray that it goes somewhere.
Well, after networking and meeting with over 100 people in just over a year I met a photographer named David Lando who helped me reach the ultimate goal that I set for myself. I was now filming the world’s greatest Supercross and Motocross racers! Eric Grondahl, a professional Supercross racer, is the man in charge out at a training facility named “The Nest”. This is where some of the best racers in the world train and ride. These athletes put in endless work to become the best. On any given day there can be multiple past champions training and working on getting more fit and focused. After getting to know me and see my dedication Eric graciously allowed me to come out to Clermont, Forida to film and become a big part of the riding family. To this day it is truly an honor every time I am invited to go shoot out there (and anywhere else for that matter) and I don’t take a second of it for granted.
My journey has led me through a lot of ups and downs. It may sound ridiculous when I say that I have lost a lot of friends, relationships with companies, and personal acquaintances along the way to get where I am. Even with these issues and set backs I have gained reliable, trustworthy, and more dedicated friends. They support my every move and want me to proceed with what I lam doing and pursue what I love to do. Most of all the major support came from my parents. The incredible amount of support they have given me through all of this has made all of the difference. They fully supported my soul search down in Florida and if it wasn’t for them I would not have had a chance at being where I am today. My gratitude for them is something that I cannot express enough.
My sincere advice to anyone that is looking to get his or her foot in the door with filming top level athletes is this. Ensure that you take it step by step. All of this is a process and it takes time to meet your goals. Next, make sure that you save up for a quality camera as well as spend countless hours filming and editing. In this industry mastery of filming techniques and software is a must and really allows you to take your skills to the next level. Don’t be afraid of traveling to get as much content as possible and to grow yourself and your personal brand. I would also say to stay focused and pray that a little luck will get thrown your way.
Casey’s story although extensive is just the beginning. With the success that he has already found he knows that there is still a long way to go nevertheless he plans to keep up the same winning formula: Hardwork, sacrifice, and dedication to the craft. Casey plans to increase his outreach and take his game to the next level. It is young pioneers like Casey that inspire the next generation of doers and dream fulfillers. Be sure to follow Casey and view his work on Instagram (@casycoleproductions) and stay tuned to the TCE site for more monthly highlights and interviews.