30 UNDER 30: Chris Stanley videographer
High School: R.A. McMath
Spend a few minutes with Chris Stanley, and it’s easy to notice the energy and talent that’s brought him much success since not winning a coveted travel contest last year.
The cruiseship videographer didn’t land the plum $40,000 all-expenses-paid job with Air Transat to travel to 12 international destinations over 12 months and blog about them. (He finished second.)
But his camera skills, both in front of and behind the lens, did not go unnoticed.
Stanley was scooped up by Tourism Richmond, and he’s now producing online videos about local destinations and events, as well as doing social networking.
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It was actually a high school french class assignment that drew his interest to videography.
Instead of handing in a written French assignment, Stanley and his classmates were tasked with producing a video. It was something he enjoyed immensely and earned top marks for.
So when it came time to look for a career, he looked back fondly on his experience and pursued it with a passion.
Inspiration: “All of my is inspiration is driven from an outstanding Canadian travel television show called ‘Departures,’ specifically the three main travellers: Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach, and cameraman Andre Dupuis.”
Most proud of: “I am most proud of the amazing relationships, colleagues, and friends I’ve developed since film school who all share such an amazing passion for film and are always there to support me.”
Advice for others: “We spend the best part of our lives earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it. Get out there and live. Travel. Meet people. Don’t settle for anything but the best in everyone/everything around you.”
What drives you to get up every morning? “The drive, inspiration, and knowing that one day I will have my own travel television series and get paid to travel the world.”
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve seen in your travels? “One of the most incredible moments of my life was during a backpacking trip last year to Peru. We hiked for four days 8000 feet up in the Andes to Machu Picchu. I remember sitting on the ancient ruins at the crack of dawn, and staring out into the mist as the sun broke through and illuminated the entire valley. At that exact moment, I knew why I travelled to Peru, and why I love travel so much.”