Some Info About Me
Hi there. My name’s Joel Austin and I began making and editing movies way back in the VHS era and haven’t stopped since. I hold an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee, have an extensive performance history, and currently reside on the West Coast.
I work largely in online content (I have a deep background in SEO, YouTube and have helped some content creators grow into millions of viewers/subscribers), film, audio drama, and expanded reality. My professional work tends to be on YouTube these days and I utilize a whole set of tools to help creators make the content of their dreams. Then, I assist them in actually getting that content viewed via sound SEO and Social Media strategizing.
To this end, I’m an expert in much of the Adobe Suite, including: Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Media Encoder and Photoshop. I also work on an almost daily basis with web content tools like: WordPress, Trello, ClickUp, SEMrush, VidIQ, Google Analytics, Google Ads, YouTube Analytics, Mailchimp, Convertkit, Later, HashTagsForLikes, and a whole host of royalty-free/fair use/template sites and services.
I also teach courses on filmmaking and motion graphics at UCLA Ext, where I regularly instruct one to three classes at a time.
Finally, I’m also the guy behind the travel/witchy brand ToSalem and its associated YouTube channel. I’m very into spooky, macabre stuff and tend to gravitate toward that kind of product, but I’ve also worked with giant, totally non-spooky companies/brands like Nintendo, D.A.R.E, Mercendes Benz and many more.
Check out the links in the menu for a deep dive on any of the areas I’ve touched on thus far or keep scrolling for a more general overview of my work, background and what I’m up to today. Thanks for stopping by!
Outside of UCLA, I've developed my own courses around my more esoteric interests. See which classes I'm currently offering by clicking the Instructor link in the menu.