From film festivals to BET, director, cinematographer, and editor Jarred McGriff shares how he got his start in an interview with The Quintessential Gentleman.
During high school, McGriff developed an interest in storytelling and digital media in particular. Even at this early stage in his life, he recognized this path suited him and that directing could be a possible career. Growing up, his father took up photography as a hobby. Inspired, at age 14, McGriff accomplished his first wedding photoshoot. In addition to sharing his father's passion for photography, he also enrolled in video classes in high school, which taught him how to write and direct his own films. These experiences would help build the foundation for future success.
In October of 2016, McGriff joined BET as an editor and camera operator. And within a few years, he was promoted to senior editor and director of photography which led to him coming on board to work on the documentary series #FindingBet.
"So when #Finding came about, it was an idea from one of our producers and our editorial team, and they wanted to learn more about the nostalgia of music and artists that we haven't heard from in a while," he explained.
"And it just started with a question, 'Oh, what are they up to now?' And it developed into a series. So they brought me on pretty early to help them develop [it] in terms of the look and the feel. And what it would end up being, which is #Finding today. So that's how it first came across my plate. I was able to get brought on to edit the entire series."