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Marcus Campbell, combat photographer, Combat Camera, Headquarters Battalion, plans on going to film school to one day direct his favorite genre of film, comic books and science fiction. He would also like to venture into other types of film as he becomes more experienced. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Isaac Cantrell

What I’ve Learned: Marcus Campbell

14 Sep 2017 | Cpl. Dave Flores Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

>I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so I’ve been in southern California since I was born.

>I didn’t really play a lot of sports growing up, but I spent a lot of my time skateboarding. It was a way for me to disconnect and focus on myself.

>I have two younger sisters. I’m closer to my older sister because we grew up together, and I visit her from time to time while she’s going to school in LA.

>My older cousin was my role model growing up. He joined the Navy shortly after September 11th and since then he has seemed to really have his life together. I aim to follow in his footsteps.

>I decided to choose the job field of Combat Camera to improve on something I already loved. I have been able to learn so much in the time I’ve been in already. From angles, to editing, I could talk all day about that stuff

>Even before I joined the Corps, I had an interest in film and photography. I used to film all the stuff that I did with my friends, from skateboarding to just hanging out.

>I decided to join the Marine Corps after high school. I wanted to give myself something to push for. Before the Marine Corps I weighed a lot more, so I had to push myself when it came to exercising while in the poolee program.

>The biggest positive impact the Marine Corps has had on my life is definitely my new found love for fitness. For some, joining the Marine Corps helps them to stay fit, for me it helped me find it. I worked at Cold Stone Creamery beforehand and didn’t have the same drive as I do now.

>I think that fitness in the Marine Corps helps build camaraderie. When I’m working out with my unit, we push each other to achieve our best results.

>I am excited to take this job overseas to my new duty station in Iwakuni, Japan. Although I will miss Southern California, it will be a nice change of scenery.

> I plan on getting out after my first enlistment and going to film school in Los Angeles. My dream job is to become a director. I feel like I have the imagination for different films, but I feel like I will be best at taking someone’s story they give me, and giving it the right look and feel on film.

>Something I love about film is that people don’t realize how much work goes into the movies they see on film. Everything from the lighting temperature to trying to get the cameras to work the way the director wants, that’s what most impressive to me.

>This may sound cheesy, but something I’ve always tried to live by is “always be the hardest working person in the room.” It’s a quote from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but it really motivates me. Whether it’s editing, working out, or just learning something new, I constantly push myself to be the best I can, and that usually means working the hardest to get there.

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