"I truly, truly believe that in Jamaica lies the opportunity of a film Mecca rivaling that of Hollywood, an opportunity that I intend to make a reality," says Simeon Hedge, programme officer at the Creative Production & Training Centre and its affiliate Creative Television.
In a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer, Hedge noted that he was introduced to the world of media and video production by a friend as a student at Excelsior Community College.
"The introduction had a profound effect on me. I soon developed such a passion in the field that I decided to suspend my business studies and pursue a career in the arts," he said.
The decision, he admits, seemed to be a major risk at the time, but has proven to be the best he has made to date.
His enthusiasm for music production has allowed him the opportunity to direct music videos such as Missing You by Barbee and Junior Kelly, St Jago Dela Vega by Lutan Fyah, Inna di Ghetto by Aidonia, Ryno's Wine Me, Ghost's Breathless among others. His client listing further includes the likes of Sizzla, Capleton, Coco Tea, Luciano, Fahrenheit, Bounty Killer, Jovi Rockwell and Wayne Marshall.
The 27-year-old added that he is currently preparing to make what he hopes to be the first of his many short fillms.
Hedge is currently pursing a Bachelor's Degree in video production at the Media Technology Institute where he is receiving formal training in various disciplines including scriptwriting, videography, television production, directing, lighting techniques, and editing.