Our Staff

MIKE BENTON

Director / Photographer

15 years of experience

Mike started Courage Media 11 years ago and has grown it into an award-winning studio employing some of the best talent in Kentucky.

Skillset:

Directing, producing, editing & photography.

Awards:

EMMYs for producing and cinematography reel. Multiple ADDYs & TELLYs.

CHRIS WRIGHT

Videographer / Editor

10 years of experience

Chris has a varied set of experiences and crew positions he’s held which gives him insight and capabilities into the many roles in making a great film.

Skillset:

Directing, producing, shooting & editing.

JAKE PELFREY

Producer

7 years of experience

Jake has been working with Courage Media for 4 years and has experience with producing and directing.

ERIC SANDERS

Steadicam Op / Gaffer

9 years of experience

Eric is a passionate filmmaker and it comes out through his various talents on set.
Skillset:
Lighting, editing and camera and steadicam operation.

CARRIE BENTON

Producer

8 years of experience

Carrie has been with Courage Media since the beginning. She often serves a variety of roles from producing and coordinating shoots to handling the day to day activities of the office.

DANE SEARS

Gaffer / Lighting Technician

12 years of experience

Dane has been a grip and lighting tech for over a dozen years and has worked on countless commercials, television shows and movies.

Skillset:

Lighting, camera operation and editing.

Erin Conley

Office Manager

6 years of experience

From accounting and payable to managing the office and studio, Erin handles many of the day to day operations that keeps the business going.

WES KAWAJA

Sound Tech

13 years of experience
From owning a studio to field recording, he covers all of the bases in audio production.

Skillset:

Audio Mixing and Recording, Live Streaming and Camera Operating.