More About Me
POSTED 1.22.11: TO THOSE OF YOU THAT I OWE REVIEWS, I AM TAKING A LITTLE TIME OFF TO ACTUALLY WRITE MY NEXT TWO SCREENPLAYS. I PROMISE YOU THAT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS I WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON MY OBLIGATIONS WITH YOU GUYS, JUST A COUPLE OF DEADLINES CAME UP AND I NEED TO WORK, WORK, WORK!
I have been a professional musician for the last 10 years and have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows with regards to the music industry. I've had 2 Billboard #1's, several more top 5's and several more top 10's. I'm interested in the art of writing, whether it be poetry, lyrics or narrative.
I was into this type of writing long before I was into music and wrote my first complete novel when I was 15. It was freaking horrible, but I finished it. In college I was a drama-music double major for the first 3 years before deciding that I would focus on music and changing my major to music to finish. What that 3 years of a double major gave me, though, was 2 semesters of creative writing, 2 semesters of screenwriting and a semester of playwriting - plus 7 semesters of acting classes and real world experience of being in several plays and college short films.
Back then (12 years ago now) I wrote 5 full screenplays and 3 full plays (one of them a musical - that was fun). They were bad, looking back, but they gave me the experience that you can't get outside of actually writing. I even got an A+ for my musical (the only one the teacher had ever given in 35+ years of teaching).
The next 12 years, I worked hard to make it in the music business as an artist, producer and writer. I eventually saw great success, but I've realized over the last few years that the music business isn't dying - it's dead. So, over the last few months, I have dedicated myself to the craft of screenwriting. I'm lucky enough that my contacts from music (and from on the strength of my 1st screenplay of recent times) have allowed me to secure a manager (in L.A.) and an agent (in NY and L.A.) but as I work towards being better I decided I wanted to be a part of a screenwriting community of people working both to build something and getting better at telling our stories.
Right now, I'm in the midst of working on directing my first short (with my directing partner Kris). We are also in the midst of writing the screenplay for the film that I hope will be my feature directing debut. The short should happen in 2012 and the full-length in 2013.
Looking forward to knowing the next generation of screenwriters on here.