With the birth of my son Alexander in 2007, I decided I wanted more of a “stable job” leaving the feast and famine movie business for the life of a teacher. I was hired at San Marino High School in Southern California as the media arts and animation instructor.
Realizing that my classes could get a lot more done in one semester if we had more cameras but also aware that the school did not have the budget for more equipment, I began incorporating the use of mobile devices into my lessons.
“What if we added a case that had handles for stability, had shoes on top to attach microphones and lighting, and it had the ability to put it on a tripod?”. There was no such device on the market, so I tinkered and created a design for what would become the first iOgrapher. I made a 3D print, used it in the classroom and was satisfied because it just worked.
Then one of my students told me about Kickstarter and how the iOgrapher needed to be on it. I launched his campaign. Within 30 days of the campaign, I would be featured in Forbes.com., The New York Times, and other publications. The Kickstarter campaign was successful!
I now had proof of concept and dove into the world of an entrepreneur. With the help of my friend, mentor, and parent of a student I taught, the iOgrapher brand was launched.