It has been one year since Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, and so much has happened in that time.
On October 27, 2012 I walked into Sea Bright with two cameras in hand, and started something that would become so much bigger than anything I could have ever imagined. I have made new friends around the world, and have had the honor of representing Sea Bright across the country. The short documentary that came out of my Sandy footage would have been absolutely nothing without the support of my family, friends, and all of the people who took the time to watch it. Thank you all so much.
I will be forever grateful to the incredible people from vh1, Crush Management, and of course, Train. I will never be able to say enough nice things about all of those guys, and I am so honored to have them in my life. The relief efforts in Sea Bright were absolutely amazing, and the volunteers, national guardsmen, policemen, firemen, and rescue squads are some of the most incredible people I have come to know. Of course, none of it would have been possible without the heroic efforts of Chris Wood, and all of the founders of Sea Bright Rising.
The experiences, memories, and friendships I have gained from post Sandy efforts are priceless. Sandy was a massive tragedy, but it was uplifting and inspiring to see how much a community can come together in a time of need. I am so honored and grateful to have a played a small part in Sea Bright’s story.
As grateful as I am for all of the wonderful things that have happened, it is impossible to forget all the people who are still suffering from the impact of the storm. Not everyone was fortunate enough to recover what was lost in Sandy, and there are many businesses and homes that may never be able to be repaired. We must remember to continue to support relief efforts, and finish building New Jersey back up- Brick by Brick.
Finally, I would like to extend a thank you to all of the musicians whose music played a part in Hurricane Sandy: a Documentary. It truly was your music that made this short film possible. Thank you Dawn, Kris, Good Old War, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, and Train. Music has the power to express the emotions that spoken words cannot, and I am so grateful to have found a passion in the field of music. The people and bands above, as well as many other talented musicians, have inspired me to follow my dreams.
Of all the things that I have learned over the past year, the most important would be that nobody is ever too small to make a difference. It sounds cliche, but it is true. Even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant effort can become something great if it is produced from the heart.
I have never been prouder to be from New Jersey. We are Jersey Strong forever.