Work History

Work History
Oct 2010 - Present

Head Innovation Leader

Sonata 7 Studios

Sonata 7 was created by D.J. Soto after nearly 7 years in broadcast television news. As a photojournalist, D.J. earned a Regional Emmy nomination for the innovative filming and editing of a feature news story. With a strong background in music education and video production, you will find D.J. Soto and Sonata 7 Studios, LLC. to be a knowledgeable and professional company for your video project.

May 2004 - Oct 2010

Photojournalist

Maranatha Broadcasting, Channel 69 News WFMZ-TV

Collaborate with reporters and work alone on acquiring video and interviews. Edit video for two newscasts. Maintain equipment such as cameras, tripods and lights as well as the station vehicle. Conduct interviews with a wide range of people including national celebrities and politicians.

  • Introduced new and innovative ways of filming and editing in environment that had previously been ‘by the book.’ Soon became the go-to resource when stories needed special graphics or advanced editing.
  • Quickly learned all aspects of new profession in fast-paced, challenging environment. Began producing stories in conjunction with reporter within only one month.
  • Conceived, developed, sourced and helped create 3-part series on the world of Second Life. Helped secure exclusive interview with attorney Jason Archinaco, a major coup since he had turned down national networks. Also wrote the music for the series, which was extremely well-received.
  • Earned nomination for Regional Emmy for innovative filming and editing of local news story. Received rave reviews from news staff in addition to award nomination.
  • Selected by President of Regional Emmys to judge 2008 photography category for New York City market.
Jan 2001 - May 2004

Music and Computer Teacher

High Point Baptist Academy

Taught music and computers to classes of 5th-12th graders. Directed school music groups, organized several annual concerts and prepared students for music competitions.

  • Revitalized moribund music program by investing time, effort and creativity into getting children excited about music. Updated the curriculum to incorporate computer-based technology and created numerous opportunities, including concerts and fine arts trips.
  • Grew many of school’s musical groups and led students to win multiple music competitions – a first in the school’s history.
  • Capitalized on success of program by producing professional-quality CD featuring the most talented students. Managed budget, recording, track list, outsourcing, and post-production for CD that sold extremely well.
  • Transformed the hand bell choir into one the most recognized and proficient high school hand bell groups in the country. The choir was even featured on ABC Nightline during a segment on a fine arts competition.

Skills

Skills

Music Composition

Video Editing

Camera Work/Filming

Education

Education
Aug 1996 - Dec 2000

Bachelor of Arts

Pensacola Christian College

Career Highlights

  • Introduced creative editing techniques to formerly 'traditional' TV station - these techniques were subsequently adopted by other photojournalists and producers.
  • Earned Regional Emmy nomination for innovative filming and editing of a news story. Selected to serve as a judge for the 2008 Regional Emmys.
  • Conceived, developed a 3-part series on Second Life. Also composed music for the series.
  • Revamped stagnant music program as a school teacher - updated the curriculum to leverage new technologies and led children to win numerous music awards.

Summary

If you are looking for a talented professional with a strong work history, I believe you'll find the following résumé of interest.

You will find me to be a high energy team player with a rare blend of experience in education and TV photojournalism.

I offer strong teamwork skills, an exceptional work ethic and a proven ability to quickly jump into new situations and contribute at a high level.

My TV experience has taught me to work well in a creative environment, and my prior experience as a music director gave me strong innovative and leadership skills.

Memberships

Member, National Academy of Arts & Sciences | Mid-Atlantic Region

Member, National Press Photographer's Association