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Conversations with Cade Sconfienza

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cade Sconfienza. 

Hi Cade, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I first fell in love with filmmaking after coming across one of Sam Kolder’s travel videos in my freshman year of high school. It was at that moment that I first decided I wanted to travel and create with a camera in my hands. About halfway through my junior year, the world was put on lockdown due to the pandemic. I finally had some time on my hands to learn more and put more time into my developing passion. When the lockdowns were lifted, you’d never see me somewhere without my cameras. During the summer and end of my senior year, I started taking grad pictures, filming for local restaurants, and even working with the professional waterman Zane Schweitzer. Before leaving for school, I worked with Zane as much as I could creating content for him and his sponsor Starboard. After showing them what I could do, Zane was able to get me working with Starboard. Present-day I am a student at Grand Canyon University. There’s not much filming I can do but I have continued to work with Starboard as an editor. Living in the desert is much different than island life but I’m still doing what I can to grow and expand my skills. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t necessarily been a smooth road nor has it been rough. I’ve had to work to afford all the expensive gear I have. Thankfully my parents supported me working at a young age so when I found this passion, I had something to work with. I have put so much time and effort into learning and developing the skills I have today. I was a lot of free work before I started making anything which wasn’t easy. When you put a lot of time into something you hope and expect it to pay off. I definitely had to put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone but after this past summer it has paid off. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I guess the common term to describe me now would be “creator”. Most of what I do is photography, videography/filmmaking, and editing. I like to push myself, testing out and creating new things with my camera. The majority of what I film is surf and nature/travel. I have done some work with cars and sports as well and I hope to get more into both of those. When it comes to photography I specialize in portraits, nature, and sports. I and hoping to get more into car photography and astrophotography as well. This past year I got my Part 107 license to fly. My drone has been the camera I’ve used to most for photography and to film. It has also opened up many opportunities to work with local restaurants and surfers. Some of the work I’m proud of is my videos that took gold in the Hawai’i Pele Awards High School division. I put a lot of time and effort into these in hopes to take “Best in Show”. I think one thing that sets me apart is I am willing to try anything. I don’t confine myself to one genre or style. I’m always pushing myself out of my comfort zone and looking for anything new I haven’t explored. 

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I think my determination and perseverance have been most important. There have been a few times where I have second-guessed what I’m doing but I know that I can’t give up. 

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