Working with National Geographic…

May 21, 2013 — 33 Comments

As of now, I’m officially on Contract With National Geographic.

The past month has been a whirl wind.  How do I begin to catch you up?

*About three weeks ago I spent an entire week in the hospital with an unknown virus.   Wasn’t fun! Was introduced to my first spinal tap which they had to do FIVE times for them to finally get it.   Haha

*Had the privileged to go and teach at G42 in Spain for two weeks.   AHH ……I sure do love that place..  It will always be a home away from home!

And soon I’ll be heading off to the middle East to film the second Season of Inside Combat Rescue with National Geographic.  I’ll be a camera operator with producer responsibilities.

Please watch the trailer from this last season..

I believe relationships are the most important thing in life!  However I’m not the best at them and I’m still learning how to be a good friend and son! But, I feel so RICH because of the people I know!   It’s hard to explain, I’ve never felt more privileged and honored just by the people I know as I do now!  Just RICH!

I wasn’t offered this Job with Nat Geo because I’m supper talented or even deserve the job!!- Frankly I don’t!  Many people work YEARS to try to get a job like this!  And to be honest I’m still in shock a bit that I have this job! But the shock has quickly faded and it’s come down this;  I was given this opportunity from a friend who believes in me.  He was in position to offer me this unique opportunity.  I didn’t “game” for this opportunity, there was no agenda or expectation EVER, it just fell in my lap from a friend whom I love and respect.  And now I get to work with FRIENDS who are marked by integrity and character to tell a worthy story that I believe in, without compromise, and with the best tools out there!! YES!  It will be a classroom experience and a lot of work! Haha-YES!  Giddy-up!  What an honor!

There are dangers of course;  I will be with elite military and I am shipping out at some point soon.. I’m not a soldier but I’ll be with them.. I’m just shooting with a Camera. ;) There’s no time to see family, say goodbye and be “sent off!”  I have to leave from Thailand.. No time to see friends and say goodbye… no care packages, no big party,  just a word- a sense that God is with me for me and has prepared me.  I have a mission- and it’s time to go to work!  It feels right!!  I feel, JOY, Excitement, anticipation, sobriety, and I already miss my girlfriend even tho I’m with her……

I called my Dad this morning, an ex Vietnam vet! “Dad I’m not going to fight in a war but I’m curious how did you prepare to go into war.”  “Son, my preparation? I didn’t care for myself, I cared for my men and my responsibilities.. Didn’t have much time to think about me.  I just hoped God would watch over me and that I could come home.  I had a job to do..  That make sense?”  “Yea Dad, I think it does… thanks!”

33 responses to Working with National Geographic…


    Sean, you are the most incredible son and
    human being God ever created. The day you
    were born was the happiest day of our lives.
    You have brought pure joy and love to us,
    we are so proud of you, and love you so
    very much. Love, mom and dad


    Wow what an opportunity! Thats so exciting man! Enjoy, stay safe, and learn tons! Well done friend.


    Wow, Sean!! How incredible! I’m excited for you and am praying for you.


    Sean that’s awesome man. Congrats on the new job. That’s amazing. I was looking for the link to the trailer you referred to in this post. Hopefully this gets to you before you leave. All the best man. Stay safe.

    Stuart Atkins

    W: F: T: @stuartatkins @stuatkinsfilms


    Well done, brother. Happy for you, and proud of you. Rock it out, you are going to have a blast. Bring lots of ziplocs to keep your equipment in. Dust. ;^)


    Sean. Go. We’ll pray. Tell the important stories. Pray. Bear witness. Come home.


    wow, what can I say. Amazing, God bless you Sean!


    Sean, our thoughts and prayers are with you always…so look forward to seeing you and hearing your wonderful stories and seeing pictures when you are home again…Betty for the Tongues


    Hey Sean,
    So good. Thank you for sharing.

    You’re walk is inspiring others…


    Here we go. I am here to support you along the way! Raw journey!

    Paschall Michael May 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Another dream materializes!

    Proud of you Sean! xo


    What a wild, majestic, risky, breathtaking dream coming to life! I’m so excited for you and proud of you! Congrats.

    Patti Paschall May 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Sean, SO EXCITED for you!!!!!! I remember sitting on our screened porch with you last summer and me asking you what your dream was, if you could do anything, and one of your responses was to work with NG. :) Love this!!!!! Love you! When do you leave? Xoxo

    Sent from my iPad


    Sean, Congratulations! Wow. I am so excited for you. It doesn’t surprise me in the least. You are truly exceptional! You and God have a crazy exciting year ahead! : )


    Sean, this is an incredible opportunity not only for your career but your ministry as well. I watched most of that show’s first season and I was always like “aaaah I wanna know what cameras they use and sound gear and how they operate in the field and how much they roll and edit and aaaaahhhh!” :) blessings and protection on you brother. How long will you be out there??

    theadventureofexistence May 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Sean, this is amazing. We serve a great God. It was an honor to have met you at my training camp and have you come out speak to B-squad in Cambodia and speak truth over us. This transparency is exactly what I needed to hear to help me process crazy opportunities God is providing for in my life. Even though I’m sure you don’t remember me, I’ll always remember you and what you shared. I’m proud to call you my brother in Christ. Prayers of protection are headed your way from me :)


    Hi Sean! The gift is what came your way Sean! You have God given Talent with any kind of recording device, with people, with life itself! I know the feeling you have right now, for me it’s grabbing third gear on the on-ramp with the throttle stuffed to the firewall, the tack is climbing past 5000 rpm and I need to either grab 4th or slow down and coast into traffic! So when you get there coast around a bit, drink lots of water, and do your thing and come back home with some good tale’s!! Love Ya Uncle Bill……!!!!


    WOW sean!!! what an incredible adventure!


    super awesome Sean! I’m excited to see how God only continues to enrich your story and journey through this new adventure with National Geographic. God is so crazy – I love how BIG He is allowing you to dream and live these days! so so good!!


    So inspired by this man! Inspired by your life and the one that your living it for and the way that you live it! God uses you to inspire others and I know He will be using you for the great privilege to film and a lot more reasons too! God Bless Sean and I feel blessed and honored to know you!

    Lucas Tillman May 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Ridiculous. The team you are with and everyone you come in contact is about to be blessed beyond belief. You are simply a man who leads by walking this life out in full form. For me, simply being able to consider you a brother is such an honor. Just live this thing out to the fullest and shine like always. But never forget….Selah, bro. Selah. So thankful for the short times I have been able to hang with you. Love you bro.


    What an AMAZING opportunity Sean! I’m so proud of you going out and taking the risk to do what God has called you to do. Praying for your time away and looking forward to seeing your work.


    Sean, this is awesome!! So excited for you! =)

    Graciela Uhles June 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Praying that u r safe. Let us know when your pictures will be published.

    Graciela E Uhles Sent from my iPhone




    Wow Sean, I am so happy for you brother, Will be praying over your safety and for Gods light to shine through you man. You are an inspiration to me.


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