I had the opportunity to be featured in a project called Locals Portrait by a talented Videographer / Friend Carinoe . He would come by the shop with his camera and film while we talked. This isn't an interview type video, but more so a series of recorded conversations. Here is an excerpt from the full video that reveals the origins of Human Catalyst.
I remember it like yesterday. I was having my daughter and extremely excited about the new chapter in my life. I was with my wife in the middle of an ultrasound appointment watching a live video of my daughter on the screen when I got a phone call from my work. At the time, I was working remotely as a Graphic Designer so I was basically on call 24/7. I answered the call and at that moment my world crashed. I was told that the economy really hurt the business and that they were closing down. Unfortunately, they didn't have a choice and told me I was being laid off effective immediately. Everything was visually moving in slow motion as I heard the news but my brain was moving fast at a million thoughts per second. I remember looking in my wifes eyes as she was watching the screen smiling. She was so excited and happy. It had to be the most bittersweet moment in my life. As I sat there smiling and telling my wife we would talk later, I was truly lost. I have never been so scared.
So in that particular life moment, Human Catalyst was born. It was born out of survival. Life is so complex that it can take the world as you know it and drastically alter it in a split second. In that change, amazing things happen that are usually only seen in hindsight. Today I am so thankful for that phone call that changed my world. I am even more thankful for my wife and family for believing in HC. Taking a chance on a dream isn't easy for anyone involved.
No matter what happens in this life, run with it. In the bigger picture, it all makes sense.