As a director and video genius (trust me, you guys), he has the rare ability to visualize the perfect final product before filming ever begins and then makes it happen. Genius, I tell you.
I've watched him bring some amazing work to life over the last year or so and I'm super excited to introduce him to you all!
Jen: When people ask you what you do for a living, how do you generally respond?
Sami: I generally say that I direct music videos and commercials, but it always seems weird. It's probably because I feel like I tend to do more than that.
J: When did you begin your creative venture?
S: I mean, I've always been creative since I was a kid but I didn't start pursuing film until college. Originally, I wanted to be an actor but saw the lack of control actors had over their careers so I then said, "Screw that" and decided to become a director.
J: Did you work any strange/odd/boring jobs before you started your creative work? If so, what were they?
S: YES! I'm fairly new to doing this full time. Up until recently, I did the typical LA struggling artist thing and bar tended/waited at a long list of restaurants. I hated them but I refused to leave because I hated them. I made a deal with myself that I would never take a full time job for the fear of getting comfortable. Everyday I went to work at these restaurants and went home cursing them. That was really motivating. It made me want to work hard at my creative endeavors so that I wouldn't have to spend another day in a restaurant. And well... it worked.