I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker.
I didn’t realise I needed to finish Architecture in college, improve my communications skills in the call centre, learn to do selling and marketing, be a creative designer and a graphic artist, be an architectural designer again and be a virtual admin assistant first before I could be a filmmaker.
My learning experiences and job exposure may not be what makes a good filmmaker but I’ve learned a lot along the way. Skills were acquired. Several realisations. A few turning points. And tons of hours of dreaming, questioning, doing, believing, taking risks and just simply making it happen.
And now I am here in the world of filmmaking starting out from zero. Not in the mainstream media, neither in the indie-side of the filmmaking world, but in the videography business.
So what made me decide to be a birth videographer? Why focus on birth?
Well, between photography and film, I love film better. I love taking videos. I love editing. I even love making videos out of still photos and eventually make a story out of it.
One of the greatest turning points in my life is when I proposed to my ex-girlfriend and now my fiancé and my future wife. I made a proposal movie for her and I prepared for 3 months to complete the movie and propose in front of our 30 friends with more than 100 people who participated in my film. And I am so happy and blessed that she said “YES!” to me on April 13, 2013.
I realised that I can do such thing for long hours, even with no sleep, even without pay and I am still happy doing it. I believe that’s what passion is about.
I randomly grabbed my book called “What Would Google Do?” on the evening of May 14, 2013 and decided to just pick a short topic from one chapter and the topic is entitled “Do what you do best and link to the rest.”
So that made me question myself, highlighted the lines that I like and started writing notes on my journal.
What Do I Do Best? I believe it’s FILM.
But I know for sure I cannot go back to school and study film. It’s not a practical thing for me to do in this season of my life. I might someday, but not for now. I also know that I cannot start sending my resume to the film outfits and television networks just to gain experience. Again, it’s not practical for me. I know in my heart that I must build a business of my own. I know that I must use my entrepreneurial skills and combine it with filmmaking which I both love.
Should I go do ‘wedding videography’ just like everybody else? I sincerely believe I cannot.
We have a lot of wedding videographers already in the business. And I know I cannot be THE Jason Magbanua.
Jason is one of my biggest influences. I just truly love his work. I want to be like him. But I also want to be my own brand.
I want to be Dads Valencia.
There are a lot of reasons behind this but one thing is for sure, it’s not a selfish ambition. This is NOT about making my name known. This is something BIGGER than myself.
So I started thinking of other important events in a person’s life other than a wedding. So I thought of birthday. As in BIRTH DAY.
And there goes my AHA! moment that night.
I even wrote this on my journal. “If Jason Magbanua is for Wedding Films, Dads Valencia is for Birth Films.” Aha! I got a BIG DREAM in there.
And that’s how it all began. I got that ‘this-won’t-make-me-sleep-moment’ again that I haven’t had for a long time. I began to be excited. Ideas are pouring in. Thoughts in my head are shouting. I know I needed to keep myself calm and ask God’s confirmation on this humongous task.
And so I did. And I got a confirmation from my bible reading that night.
“I will surely bless you and give you many descendants. And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” – Hebrews 6:14-15
If you will check the parallel verse from this Hebrews verse to the book of Genesis, you’ll have this verse:
“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand in the seashore.” – Genesis 22:17
We all know the story of Abraham whether you are a Bible reader or not. Personally, he is one of my favourite Bible characters and even played his role when I was in grade school for a play competition. So these verses really spoke to me. And it dawned on me that this is what God want me to do.
It was not a coincidence that I got the name “Dads”. I realised that there’s a purpose behind it. I will be like-a-daddy to many children someday. To all the babies I will be filming their birth, I will always be a part of their life journey. I was there in the first day of his or her life in this world.
And having this biblical foundation, I believe ‘speaking blessings’ to these children will have a great impact to their lives and to their destiny. It’s not just about a money-making business.
There’s a bigger purpose for this. Every film that I will be creating someday will always be a precious treasure in the lives of many moms and babies, and dads too.
And that evening of May 14, 2013 is truly a revelation.
That’s the day that a new dream is born.
That’s how DADS VALENCIA BIRTH FILMS had it’s “LIFE and a NEW BEGINNING”.
I am Dads Valencia and I am privileged to have been given a special task to be a Birth Videographer.