Take 5: Q&A With Dee Morales and John Marshall

Whether you want to get started with video content or are looking for ways to improve your videos, you won’t want to miss “Amping Up Your Blog With Video” with Dee Morales and John Marshall at SoFabU On The Road in Dallas. We asked them a few questions to get to know them better.

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Take 5 With Dee Morales

What interested you in teaching at SoFabU On The Road?

Photography and making movies have always been a source of fascination to me. Even a news story is…. well, a story. It made perfect sense when I learned blogs with videos are ranked higher. Bloggers need the skill. I love being part of showing them the tools. Rebecca made such an impression on me with her creativity and dedication to SoFabU. So I happily accepted and asked my friend and excellent video journalist, John, to join me.

What was your most challenging video assignment?

I had to interview a man on death row that was going to be executed the next day. His story touched me so much. I would be the last person to talk to him. He told me to tell his mother he loved her. I don’t know whether he was guilty or innocent, but at that moment, I questioned every belief I ever had. I can still remember touching his hand from my side of the plexiglass. I felt that connection.

To have been involved in these best and worst of times in my professional life has been my greatest honor.

If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be?

If I could live in a book or movie or TV show I would live in Downton Abbey or maybe The Walking Dead. Challenges all around.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I could live anywhere I would live in New York City. I love the electric energy and the creativity, but I could only stand that part of the time. I would have to have a second home that was quiet. I love that you can live anywhere and do anything with electronic media. This is as good as it gets.

And the most important question of all: cake or pie?

Cake.

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Take 5 With John Marshall

What interested you in teaching at SoFabU On The Road?

Learning from younger people is what keeps me going. I love their spirit and can’t wait for their generation and those who spirit their causes to take leadership roles in society. We need their help!

What was your most challenging video assignment?

I have had many challenging situations; witnessing death ranks up there along with learning about the sacrifices of those few who gave their lives and well-being for service to country. Recently, I listened to a lady who held a young Australlian boy named Chris Lane in her arms as he died from a drive by shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma. She felt love for him, only as a mother could as his fragile life slipped away in her arms. I feel obligated to object to our gun laws and this story challenges me every day with every one I come into contact with.

If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be?

I can only speak for this moment and as I finish the book Wild, I see the treacherous world young people face these days. I am not talking about the lucky upper 10 percent but for the rest. I find myself wishing I could have been there for someone like that, someone who could have helped guide her and others through life. Her outcome is so extraordinary as many perish on the same journey.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Again in the moment, I would love to travel to Australia and document how they learned to control gun violence and provide healthcare to every citizen — two of the defining issues most Americans refuse to deal with. Education and opportunity are the other two issues we need to deal with.

And the most important question of all: cake or pie?

Cake or pie? As I see our leadership thumb their nose at those who are drawn to careers in teaching, military and other non-financial based lives, I continue to reflect on the old quote, “let them eat cake!” I would feel honored to eat cake with those who teach our children, protect us, inform us and make our world work while being marginalized. I am sure this is an age old issue but we must continue to push for fairness.

Thank you for sharing with us, Dee and John! Don’t miss our Dallas event. We recommend registering today – seats are limited.

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