Videographer LOGAN CARTER

My name is Logan Carter and I’m a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in the Pacific Northwest.  I love travel, film, photography, waterfalls, whitewater, mountains, and adventure in general.  One of my biggest goals for 2015 is to enter a short film into an outdoor film festival.

1. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? How do you plan to get there? Ten years from now, I see myself having a family.  My filmmaking/photography business will be larger and I will have a few other people working with me.  I intend to find an internship/job that will allow me to gain more experience and knowledge in this field.  In addition, I will continue to travel for work and expand my connections and the variety of projects I work on.

2. What did you want to be ‘when you grow up?’ How has this affected the person that you are today? I always had wild ideas of what I wanted to be when I was little.  Everything from a marine biologist, to a volcanologist, to a storm chaser, to a jungle guide.  All these different aspirations focused around a deeply instilled love for the outdoors.  That passion for adventure and being out in nature is still very much alive today.  There’s pretty much nothing I’d rather do than grab my kayak, mountain bike, skis, or hiking shoes and spend the day outside.  This love translates into my filmmaking.  Outdoor sports produce so many amazing visuals and interesting stories.  It’s the direction I most want to head in my film and photography work.

“(My) passion for adventure and being out in nature is still very much alive today.”

3. You’re a professional (& very talented) photographer & videographer – and so young! Tell us about what you do & what advice you would give to someone looking to do the same. Right now, I do contract work for a variety of companies and individuals.  Filmmaking is my primary focus, and I’ve used that as a vehicle to travel the world.  I’ve been fortunate enough to travel extensively in South America, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Northwest to film.  I do everything myself, from planning to shooting to editing.  This can be stressful, and I’d like to work with someone in the near future.  I would say to anyone that is looking to get into freelance film work…pick up a decent camera, take a few classes to get the basics down, hang out with friends that do it for a living, and start shooting.  Once you have enough quality stuff to make a demo reel, start looking for projects.  If you’re passionate about it, it’s worth pursuing!

4. What’s been the biggest challenge in your life so far? How did you conquer it? Honestly, my life has been pretty easy.  So many people go through so much, and I count myself blessed to enjoy the life that I have.  There was a point after two years of college where I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life.  I wanted to pursue filmmaking and I was attempting to find work.  I think it was a good 4-5 months before I finally landed a job and I’d say living at home, with no real work was a challenge I faced.  I guess in the end, persistence and prayer got me past that hump.

5. Tell us about your biggest accomplishment in life so far. How has this changed to you? Probably the coolest thing to happen to me was landing a film job at ROW Adventures.  ROW is an adventure travel company based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  I found them on Craigslist of all places, sent in my demo reel, had an interview, and got the job.  Working for a company with such awesome staff that allowed me to film sports, adventures, and places that I’m passionate about has been a dream come true.  I think it’s given me confidence in my skills both as a traveler and filmmaker.

6. Do you have a bucket list? Physical or only on your mind? Tell us about a few of your goals in life, big or small. I do have somewhat of a mental bucket list.  I want to travel to Iceland, New Zealand, and raft the Zambezi River.  I want to trek through southern Patagonia.  I want a film of mine to go on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.  I would love to work on an inspiring, international film project that helps raise awareness and funds for a specific need.  I have a passion for water and rivers, and would also love to create a project raising awareness of their beauty and importance.

“… I’ve come to realize how short life is.  My advice would be to make the most of each day.”

7. What is one way you have paid it forward? Some friends of mine organize an extreme home-makeover project every year in the Vancouver, BC area.  I’ve had the privilege of donating my time to filming and editing their video for a couple of years.  It’s such a rewarding experience to help out a family in need and give them a fresh start in a remodeled home.

8. What other advice would you give to the readers of 2147miles? Through a series of recent, tragic events, I’ve come to realize how short life is.  My advice would be to make the most of each day.  Find a career that you are passionate about.  Make time for adventure.  Life is precious.  The people you love are a gift.  Every day counts.

*Check out Logan’s work on his website here*

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