Video posted on March 23, 2016 at 6:00 am CST

Jhamal McKee was unemployed for four years and lost his house, but senses his big break may be coming with his new web series.

He grew up in a single-parent family and set the personal dream of owning his own home someday. But after accomplishing that goal at age 26, he lost his job and, subsequently, the house he had worked so hard to buy. Now at his “hungriest” and “most creative,” this aspiring filmmaker is working on a web series, which he hopes will launch a career in which he calls his own shots.

“I think that you have to create your own American dream. It’s out there but you have to go get it. You can’t wait for anyone to give it to you,” Jhamal said.

To Jhamal, the American dream is playing the game by your own rules.