by Jason Herbert, CTFD dancer-client and Newhouse Grant Recipient
A decade ago, I embarked on a career in dance that I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams. Traveling the country and the world, I performed for thousands of people and worked with artists that inspired me. It was during my time with The Philadelphia Dance Company aka Philadanco! that I was introduced to Career Transition For Dancers. CTFD explained all of the possibilities for dancers transitioning into careers and how to utilize all of the skills that dancers possess. Because they offer entrepreneurial and educational grants to artists who have worked in the field for a number of years, I recently applied for the Newhouse grant (and was awarded!) to jump start my career in video production.
I started a company with two friends that develops, produces, and manages artists in music, theater, and film. I dove straight in as a Project Manager and an Artistic Consultant. Some of my duties include recording, photo shoots, video shoots, social media, and video production. In my travels as an artist, I noticed I had an eye for video editing upon returning from a tour of Europe. My business partner encouraged me to pursue it on a higher level. We both enrolled in an advanced course in digital editing at the New York Film Academy where I progressed quickly but didn’t have the equipment at home to practice or perfect my craft. One thing I learned from dance is that your tools to success is just as important as your drive and determination. A high-powered computer and up-to-date editing software is essential to starting a career in video production, two things I didn’t possess nor could afford.
From the stage to the screen, I will transfer all my knowledge and passion as a performer into my videos with skill and education behind me. I am at a place to carve a new destiny with my experience in dance as my foundation.