Making a career out of your passion is everyone’s dream. Combining three different passions and turning that into your day job is, well, just completely out of reach. And I’m sure that’s exactly what Martin Cray thought in the 90’s, but his remarkable story of how three un-connected hobbies merged together, may make you think again.
Martin Cray is a cameraman, director and filmmaker with three passions – Filming, flying and falconry. “If I’m not doing one of them, I’m normally doing another and just occasionally, I do all three at once”.
After going to art school, I fell into advertising and was exposed to commercials. This was around the time that I started flying and forgot about birds. Long story short, after creating a few add campaigns and working in advertising for a while, I made enough money to go to film school at New York University in 1993. Flying took a backseat during that time, along with the birds but after moving to Wales a few years later, flying became a real obsession again and then I remembered that I loved birds!”
“If I’m doing a tandem, I really need to trust the person flying as I pretty much need to climb out of the harness. As for strapping cameras to myself, before GoPro, this used to only be successful about 20% of the time as you’d rarely get what you wanted in the frame. There were many other challenges such as losing connections which meant that you’d also lose the picture”.