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    • Because I’m a director, I’m a bit jaded, I’ve spent a lot of time with pretty amazing people. So I wouldn’t categorize any of my drone work as “surreal” per se. But for sure flying with Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon was amazing, and a really cool and fun project. It was the first interview done by drone on the Tonight Show, and what was fun about that, being the pilot that flew it, at first it was quite nerve-racking to fly a drone so close to 2 huge stars, but when we got into it, it was fun and enjoyable, and I was using it almost like a puppeteer. So I took the creative license to interact with them AS the drone. And it was really fun and enjoyable. I think sometimes when we’re put in high pressure situations, it’s easy to stick to the rules sometimes. But I think that with experience comes the comfort to do what you think is necessary and use your judgement in these various situations. And ultimately a lot of the biggest creatives in the business want that. They don’t want you to go off script necessarily, but they want you to come to the table with something. And luckily I came to it from a director background, and when I get onset with directors who are way bigger than I’ve ever been, they want your creative input for the most part, and more often than not they appreciate when you come to the table with ideas. You’re making a creative dialogue, as opposed to “You tell me what you want.”