Wendell James is 38 years old, and he 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. For eight years, Wendell served in the military as an intelligence analyst, and he was then hired as a correctional officer. During this time, he started multiple businesses in his spare time, dreamed of success, and searched for a career he would love.
Wendell’s dream began to come true when he started a modeling agency in New Jersey called GVA with his friend who is a music artist. They met celebrities who asked them to find models to hang out with, but he soon found out that the cost of photo shoots to create portfolios for the models was more than he could afford. He decided to buy a professional quality camera, and he was able to take all of the pictures he needed himself.
His business took off, and he purchased some high end video equipment, but he realized after he bought it that he couldn’t figure out how to use it properly. Wendell was frustrated and depressed, so he reached out to a friend in New Mexico who works in digital media and asked him for help. His friend invited Wendell to New Mexico to learn basic video shooting and video editing skills so he could actually use his new equipment. He returned from this trip with the knowledge he needed to continue to build his dream business, and he built an office in New Jersey where he spent many long days applying what he learned in New Mexico and developing his video skills. About three months later, he was hired to work with Allstate Insurance, and within two years he founded his own video production studio, GVA Digital Media, where he produces corporate videos and music videos. He says that when he meets other videographers and camerapeople, 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 have to look back on your life and say to yourself, “man I wish I would have done that when I was younger.” To get to where he is today, he maintained a million dollar mindset and strong faith. He says that God gives him so many signs, and even on his worst days, when he feels like quitting, he is still blessed.
During the COVID – 19 shut down in 2020 Wendell fully revamped his business, and he changed its name to GVA Films in 2021 to mark the company’s transition into the film industry, He also resigned from his job as a correctional officer in March of 2021 to spend more time on his creative work. Wendell was scared to quit his job, but he felt that God was telling him it was time to make a move. He is now attending Digital Film Academy in New York, and he specializes in producing and directing movies and short films. Wendell filmed his first screenplay in July of 2021, and he is already writing his second screenplay. In the future, he hopes to Collaborate with actors, writers, distributors, and the “who’s who” of the movie business.

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