Received a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky where I developed interests in American Literature, writing, and U.S. history.
In my spare time there, I volunteered at the U.K. Theatre Department as a theatre technician building sets and hanging lights.
After college, I worked at photo processing labs until I landed a position at the university hospital as a medical photographer.
When the Gulf War was imminent, I saw my chance to become a Combat Camera photographer — as so many of my photographer and cinematographer idols had done — and I joined the U.S. Navy. The Navy opted to put my writing and photography skills to better use, made a Broadcast Journalist of me, and shipped me off to Okinawa, Japan. There I worked in radio and television, but in my free time, I also volunteered at the Navy Photography Lab.
Owing to my consistent reporting of the Air Force's varied missions, I came away from Okinawa with an Air Force Commendation Medal as well as a Navy Chief of Information Public Affairs award for the best Navy Broadcasting video feature that year. Somehow in middle of all that activity, I also managed to earn an FAA Private Pilot license from the Air Force Aero Club, doing my cross-country requirements by flying from one small island to another over wide expanses of ocean.
Following my tour on Okinawa, I served at Navy Broadcasting Headquarters in Washinton, D.C. until I received an Honorable Discharge, then worked at major news broadcast bureaus in and around Washington, D.C. as a camera operator and video editor for about eight years.
Next, I moved to Los Angeles to enroll in an Avid Editor program for two years and graduate. While there I met some film industry insiders who were really great to me and treated me to a ringside seat of an A-list film's post-production, an opportunity I would otherwise have had to wait a long time to experience.
Also while in L.A., I signed up with Central Casting (of course!) and was called up as an extra for the 2006 movie The Holiday. Unfortunately, I was on a Christmas holiday on the East Coast and the call time changed twice until it was moved up to the following morning, thereby making it impossible for me to fly back in time. Tant pis!
Still, I learned a lot about the film industry in the all-too-brief two years I was in Los Angeles, and you can bet I'll never forget the experience. Nowadays I'm content to write short stories and screenplays, all of which I hope you'll find engaging and entertaining. Thank you!