David A. Cox & Tech Talk America:
A Brief History
I was born and grew up in the small Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. A defining moment of my childhood occurred when at two years old my father purchased a Macintosh Plus. I was immediately hooked.
As a child I did not have many friends in school. Natick was a hard-core sports town and I was definitely NOT a sports enthusiast. Bullys made my day-to-day life pretty miserable until one day when I stumbled onto my school's Media Lab.
I started using the original version on iMovie and by age 16, I was editing on a $30k Media 100 System that someone had donated to my high school (but no one knew how to use). It was then that I truly discovered my love for creating video content.
After high school, I attended Emerson College in Boston, MA, and earned a degree in film production. For my final semester, I moved out to Los Angeles, California, and learned the ugly truth about Hollywood. I had gone into film production because I loved the creative process but instead discovered a "dog eat dog" atmosphere of abuse. Remember the whole Harvey Weinstein scandal? Yeah, that's the tip of the iceberg!
Like a Taylor Swift song, I broke up with Hollywood and moved back to Massachusetts and ultimately made my way to Cape Cod. During that time I started a new job, managing an Apple Computers dealership. My boss saw that I was really good at working with people and asked if I'd enjoy teaching classes. I accepted and after only a few weeks, word had spread like wildfire. Suddenly, I was traveling to different locations all over Cape Cod; community centers, retirement communities, and more; spreading the Apple gospel. It was during these years that I learned that my gift wasn't the fact that I was tech-savvy, but that I was effective at communicating tech to people who were not tech-savvy.
I was working harder than ever before, but even so, I was dirt poor. After two years of working 80+ hour weeks, I left that job and for the first time in my life, I started working for myself, making house calls and offering private lessons to people who just wanted to learn how to better use the technology at their fingertips. It was great money, but there was something missing.
Tech Talk America was born when I decided to marry my two passions together; video production and teaching tech. YouTube has been an amazing blessing because it allows me 100% creative control over the content I create. Some people don't realize how rare that is in this world.
As of February 2021, Tech Talk America has over 700k subscribers and is about to break 100 million video views.
In 2014, I started an experiment by the name of "Droning Provincetown" which involves my turning real-life events into elaborate musical montages through the ART of video editing.
While filming some of these videos I will film, direct, and edit hundreds to thousands of people. I get them to lip-sync lines, do simple dance moves, and then edit it into a giant musical creation.
Provincetown is a New England town located at the extreme tip of Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is a small coastal resort town with a year-round population of just under 3,000, Provincetown has a summer population of as high as 100,000 during the Carnival Parade. Often called "P-town," the town is known for its beaches, harbor, artists, tourist industry, and its status as a vacation destination for the LGBT+ community.