The Ridin' Music Video

The first few weeks at Storm’s house were awkward for me. Brenna and I were on bad terms, and I looked for any excuse to come back into the city, to be around familiar faces and to feel like myself again. I spent nights with models I met through the company, avoiding the long trip back to New Jersey, drinking quaaludes to escape the emptiness I was feeling. I knew I was playing with fire, but I couldn’t stop myself. One night, I had a near-heart attack, and it was a wake-up call that I needed to get my act together. I would finally head back to Storm’s and embrace my situation head on, finalizing a music video project I had been working on for the company over the past couple of months. “Ridin”, featuring Fatty Baby Fresh, Sean Linen and Troy Ave, would be the first Hip Hop music video that I edit myself, and although it was started in the old office space on Wall Street, it was fully under my control now and I wanted to make it as special as possible. In the final moments of the video, I would find the perfect frame to inject myself into the visual, at the 4 minute and 10 second mark, holding a large glass of alcohol during the night at Highline Ballroom with Dollhouse. I watched the video on repeat, feeling as though I was being embraced by the Hip Hop culture that I loved so dearly. The video released to mixed reviews, but it was a turning point for me. I started to see how much I could learn being at Storm’s house, and how big of a blessing this could be.

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