Hello, my name is Jeff Cook, and I am a videographer, editor, producer and storyteller. I am fortunate enough to have won several national television and video production awards throughout the years.
As an infant I was abandoned, placed in foster care and then adopted. Stories have always intrigued me even though, I only had half of my own story to share. Through the years I always wanted to find the missing piece to my puzzle, my birth parents. During my struggle to find who I was, I was certain on one thing…storytelling. I love telling and listening to stories especially stories about people and how they overcame life’s obstacles. Due to my situation as a child, my heart goes out to those who have faced life challenges. There is a part of me in them, thus this draws me close to those who have hardships and I feel a connection to them. Telling the stories of the less fortunate has always resonated with me. The good news is I was reunited with my birth parents after 30-years, and I now can tell my complete story.
I began my career as a news photojouranalist. As a photojournailst, I learned the basics of telling quick stories that were ready to air on the 6pm and 11pm news casts on a nightly basis. Although I loved working in news and being behind the camera and editing the stories I shot, I yearned for the ability to tell more in depth stories. Storeis that did not have a time limit. So, I decided to leave news and created Cook Films.
I believe in telling stories about people, businesses and organizations. Stories help connect people. Our brains are hard wired to remember stories. You may not remember a fact or figure; however, you will remember a story if it was well told. Businesses and organizations can talk facts all day long, but at the end of it all it’s who you are that draws people closer. What do you represent? What is your desire? Why do you do what you do? How did you get to where you are? What drives you? These questions will differ from person to person, you want to know why? Each person is different, and so should your story. What is your story?
You know your purpose in life when you love what you do. It’s the thing that makes you tick. It’s the passion that makes you want to become better at what you love to do. My passion is to tell stories. It is my fuel to feeling good. I want to be able to tell stories to benefit people, organizations, and businesses. There is something about sharing someone’s story that is uplifting for me. I really do feel alive when I am behind a camera, editing, and interacting with people during the shoot. My hope is to tell as many impactful stories that I can, and in doing so, I hope I can better the business, organization or person I am telling the story about.