Wendell James is 37 years old and has two sons. He won full custody of his sons when he was in his 20’s and joined the military to make sure he could provide for them. Wendell served the military as an intelligence analyst for eight years and then was hired as a correctional officer. While working for the government he started multiple businesses in his spare time, dreamt of success and searched for a career he would love.

Wendell’s dream began to come true when he started a modeling agency called GVA. He and his music artist friend met celebrities who asked them if they could find girls to hang out with, and he soon found out that the cost of photoshoots for the models was more than he could afford. In 2018 Wendell sold his motorcycle and bought a camera so he could take all the pictures he needed himself.

His business took off after he bought the camera, so he purchased some high end video equipment, but found out he couldn’t figure out how to use it properly. Wendell became depressed, and reached out to a friend in New Mexico who works in digital media to ask for help. His friend invited Wendell to learn the basics of video shooting and editing so he could use his new equipment. He came back from New Mexico with the knowledge he needed to continue building his dream business, and he built an office where he spent many long days applying what he learned and developed his skills in videography. About three months later he was hired to work with Allstate, and within two years he opened his own video production studio where he produces corporate and music videos as the founder of GVA Digital Media LLC. He says that when he meets other videographers they are shocked and amazed at how fast he learned his craft and opened his studio.

Wendell has a lot of jaw dropping ideas and concepts, and he likes to pitch at least five of them at a time. Writing a book and making his life story into a short video series are just a couple of them. He believes that if you really want to do something, you should do it right away so you don’t look back and say to yourself, “man I wish I would have done that when I was younger.” He also says that he has a million dollar mindset, and God has given him so many signs. Even on his worst days when he felt like quitting he would be blessed.

During the COVID – 19 shut down in 2020 Wendell fully revamped his business. GVA Digital Media, LLC. will change its name to GVA Films in 2021 to mark the company’s transition into the movie and film industry, and Wendell resigned from his job as a correctional officer in March of 2021 to take a leap of faith. He said he was scared to quit his job, but he felt that God was telling him it was his turn to make a move. Wendell is now attending Digital Film Academy in New York and specializes in producing and directing movies and short films. He will be filming his first screenplay in July of 2021, and he is already writing his second screenplay. Collaborating with actors, writers, distributors, and the “who’s who” of Hollywood and the movie industry are what he hopes to do next.

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