A LIVERSEDGE teenager has swapped education for a film-making career.
At just 17 years old budding videographer Sam Teale has decided to turn his passion into a full-time vocation instead of going to college.
Having recently launched Sam Teale Productions, the youngster has already worked with a string of celebrity clients – including Geordie Shore’s Gary Beadle and Scott Thomas from Love Island – while also producing videos closer to home for Mirfield Show and Katie Philpott School of Dance.
Sam is self-taught and started out on YouTube before having his first paid commission at the age of 14, creating videos for a pocket money app for children called Gohenry.
Within a couple of years he’s been able to invest in a hi-tech camera and editing equipment and turned to film-making full-time this summer.
And he says his favourite project to date has been getting to mix business with pleasure and film matchday footage at his beloved Huddersfield Town.
Sam, who lives in Norristhorpe with parents Russell and Clare, sister Jess and dog Frankie, also works with Reel Yorkshire which specialises in ‘pay-as-you-go’ corporate video production.
The former Mirfield Free Grammar student has now launched his own YouTube channel to record his journey and said: “I did really well in my GCSEs and could have gone to college, but that was always my plan B, and I decided that if you don’t follow your dream then someone else will.
“I’d really like to show that I’m just an ordinary teenager following my dream and hopefully this will inspire other young people like me who have a creative passion.”
He added: “I just get in touch with people, even if they are rich and famous – I message them and say I’d like to work with them; what’s the worst that can happen?”