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The hardest part is STARTING...

Updated: Feb 15, 2018

Hello and welcome to my first ever BLOG entry.

Some weeks will be video....Others a written blog... lets just see where this goes...

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would start my own blog but here goes nothing.

OK so to start from scratch I am going to type this as I would say things. My punctuation is not great, spelling probably a bit off and and have never been a big fan of typing things down. I find it hard to get my point across but need to work on it and want to share my perspective throughout this amazing time in my life.

Some quick facts...

My name is David James Risdon

I have an amazing Mum and Dad

A supportive sister

An amazing fiance (that I am marrying later this year)

Two dogs

And I am a Freelance Videographer.

I film and edit videos for a living.

I thought I would start this blog by telling you a bit about how I started on this journey.


I trained to be a High School teacher and had an amazing three years at a Christchurch school. The staff were AMAZING, Students were great but I still found myself wanting more. I was looking forward to Fridays and hated Mondays...When I realised this I decided I would dabble in something in my spare time that I really enjoyed.

I enjoyed filming friends and family in skits and holidays from a young age. At many times in my life I realised how much I enjoyed it but THERE WAS NO MONEY DOING THAT so didn't do anything about it.

THEN... Snapchat and new smart phone technology came about and changed the game. Anyone could take photos and videos but not only that they could SHARE them. That share-ability is something that I love.

I started to share things on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat and LOVED IT.

I also wanted to see more content showcasing things to see and do in our city.

(Christchurch, New Zealand)

My friends and I were starting to settle into the pattern of ..

(Work, dinner, Netflix, Bed) and Repeat

I was a bit over this so I started to teach myself how to take photos and shoot video.

I enrolled in 'Youtube University' and spent my evenings, early mornings and everything in between learning as much as I could. I was OBSESSED.

I picked up my first DSLR ( Canon 600d) and kept learning...

Roughly a year later I handed in my resignation and prepared for life as a freelancer.

I don't want to dive too deep into the gear I use this week (I would love to) but lets save it for another post.

The message I want to get across this week is that if you are unhappy about what you are doing for a living, OR you have a passion for something...I challenge you to do something about it. The excuses of ' ohh I don't have time' 'ohh I have bills to pay' ohhh I have a good paying job' can easily creep into your thoughts but I think to myself..

I could die tomorrow..

Life is far too short to do something you do not LOVE for 40+ years

OK Ill keep it reasonably short and sweet.

Welcome to the Blog, Stoked to be sharing this with you!

I will be sharing my learnings, gear info, business mistakes, highs, lows and everything in between!

Take care,


Comment below or hit me up on Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook.


Photo credit: Reuben Looi (He is the man)

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Feb 15, 2018

Kia ora Dave, I can't exactly remember how I came across your YouTube channel but it was about a month or two ago and I find your journey into the world of video really inspiring. Great first post - I look forward to more in the future! Airi (also from Chch)


Feb 15, 2018

You have legit inspired me. I have wanted to write a blog on teaching for ages, wrote my first entry tonight - Watch this space

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