I am a 21-year-old creator based in Utah, formerly of the Pacific Northwest. I believe that anything is possible, and I am working my hardest to achieve my big dreams.
I am learning and acquiring new skills every day to further my progress toward my goals of making high quality videos and documentaries on YouTube and publishing fiction novels.
I am a storyteller, and I strive to tell stories through all aspects of my work. Every person and place is unique, and I want to share these different perspectives with the world through my stories, my videos, and my work as a journalist.
I’m “exploring life through moving pictures.” I hope you’ll join me on this adventure.
You can find my work here:
YouTube: Chase Charaba
Contact Me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why I write
I have a passion for writing that has been growing since I was in fourth grade. I wrote many short stories throughout elementary school, but my ambitions to write bigger and better stories got the best of my sanity. My childhood idea of becoming a doctor was lost in the urge to become a best-selling author. Throughout junior high I wrote a few attempts at novels, all of which fell into the fires of not having the right time or instruction to write well enough for my own needs. Now in high school I am working on a novel inspired by my early elementary work. I have participated in and won National Novel Writing Month 2013 (and 2014 with part II) with my novel, Prophecy of Euphinor (and Camp NaNoWriMo July 2014 with the rewrite). The novel was completely reworked as A Clash of Crimson for the 2015 NaNoWriMo season.
I started in journalism in 2012. For my first year on my high school newsmagazine, JagWire, I served as a reporter. The following year I became the News Editor, where I learned AP Style and how to use programs like Adobe In Design and Photoshop to layout my pages of the newspaper. After attending the 2014 spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego, California I was chosen as one of the 2014-2015 Co-Editors-in-Chief of the newspaper along with one of my outstanding peers.That year I led the publication to a NSPA Best of Show 10th place finish at the National High School Journalism Convention in Denver, Colorado.
I was also employed as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for a two-year college’s campus news organization, The Puyallup Post, where I managed the print production of the newspaper and oversaw the manager who operates the website and social media accounts, which also included writing articles, making graphics with In Design, and publishing and promoting content. During the 2015-2016 school year I helped the college news website finish in 5th place at the Associated Collegiate Press mid-winter journalism conference in Los Angeles, California.
During my three years as a young high school journalist I wrote articles on sex-trafficking, the VA scandal, the death of a teacher, President Obama’s proposed community college plan, same-sex marriage being legalized in Washington state, stereotypes through the generations, the failure of the school district’s multi-million dollar bond, a gun control editorial, various sports features, and an in-depth look at child pornography and sexting in state and district laws.
In my collegiate journalism career I have written various album reviews and opinion articles and some feature articles on the campus writing center and other new college programs. I’ve also written in-depth feature stories on Christianity and investigated the future of my region.
I love rock and metal music. Some of my favorite bands and musical acts are AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Van Halen, and Whitesnake, among others.
I am a frequent concert-goer and I have seen Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Halfway 2 Hazard, Jason Aldean, Def Leppard, Heart, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Bret Michaels, Tesla, Queensryche, Dierks Bentley, The Treatment, Motley Crue, KISS, Wednesday 13, Cold Blue Rebels, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Candlebox, Green Apple Quick Step, Sweet Water, and Steel Panther live.
I have had the opportunity to meet a few famous and notable people over the years:
- Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear and Sparrow Hawk Red. I spoke with him at my elementary school and asked him the big question: “what advice can you give a new writer like me?”
- Nikki Sixx, bassist of legendary glam metal band Motley Crue. He signed a copy of his autobiography, then gave me a fist bump.
- Peter Criss, original drummer of legendary rock band KISS. He signed my 1976 original vinyl copy of “Rock and Roll Over.” I got a photo with him and got to speak with him for quite a while. He insisted on calling my little brother Mr. Smiles.
- Wednesday 13 (met twice), solo-music artist and former singer for the Murderdolls. I got to speak with him for nearly an hour the first time.
- Roddy Piper, WWF wrestler. RIP. I didn’t meet him, but I was standing next to him while my brother was talking with him and he sat behind me at a restaurant. I have the photos of it too.
- Natasha Ryan, King 5 News Reporter. I met her at a school pep assembly that I was covering.
- Chris Egan, King 5 News Reporter