My name is Joel Kaplan. I am a video producer specializing in travel video journalism and corporate training videos. I received training at The Travel Channel in the US and have produced several hundred short stories, instructional and informational videos over the past 15 years.
For 25 years of my career, I was a sales manager and representative in the audio, video and security industries.
Last but not least, I am a lifelong musician. I have been playing keyboards since I was 8 and started with dreams of being a rock star. Well, that never happened. But, having played over 2500 gigs in my career, I find I just can’t stop. I can still be found most weekends playing for the local Cotacachi crowd. Doesn’t get much better than that!
About Our Family
My wife, daughter, 2 year old granddaughter (who is now 4!) and I moved from Las Vegas to Cotacachi, Ecuador about 2 years ago. We wanted an adventure in life and after a month long fact finding trip here, we decided to make the move. The really tall guy in the picture is our son. He came to visit to see where his crazy family was living!
For us, life in Ecuador has been very rewarding. We have met a lot of new friends, both expats and Ecuadorians. I keep extremely busy producing videos for the website, doing freelance video production for local businesses and a weekly playing gig. My wife Kathy and my daughter Kasie spend time working with local charities and are learning new skills like organic gardening. Kasie is also finishing a business degree online and has started her own local cleaning service called Dr. House. She employs local indigenous women and takes the hassle out of hiring domestics for the Expats and the indigenous workers. Our granddaughter is thriving here. She attends an all Spanish speaking preschool and has lots of Ecuadorian friends to play with.
While life in Ecuador is not for everyone, it has turned out to be the perfect place for us at this stage of our lives. Maybe we’ll see you here soon!
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