For as long as I can remember, I have been writing in some form or another. As a child, my favorite hobby was stapling together 15 to 20 pieces of construction paper and creating my own comic books. They would either be sequels to my favorite films at the time, like Batman or Indiana Jones, or they would be original stories that I thought up as a kid. I would construct the plot (nothing too compelling, keep in mind I was only six years old), write the story and then illustrate it all myself. Then I would take the book to school the following day and share my story with anyone willing to read it. Twenty years later, I still pride myself on that same creative drive to entertain people.
I was born and raised in Oconto Falls, a small town located in northeastern Wisconsin about 25 miles north of Green Bay. Even though it's a common trend to hate the small town that you grew up in, it couldn't be farther from the truth in my opinion. I love my hometown and owe much of who I am to the experiences I've had and the people I've known while living there. I always say that no matter where I end up living in this world, I will always have small town in my blood.
Due to a lifelong obsession with movies, I went to college to study film production. It was the only thing I ever wanted to do and for some reason I listened to everyone when they told me to follow my dreams. I'll let you know in ten years if it was a mistake or not. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to participate in both their Radio-Television-Film (RTF) and Journalism programs. In the five years that I was a student there (yes, I was a Super Senior), I gained a great deal of knowledge on all aspects of filmmaking.
Despite taking as many classes on filmmaking as I could, I always seemed to excel more in the creative-driven fields. It wasn't until I took my first screenwriting class that I found my true passion. My two favorite things in life have always been movies and writing, so to actually learn the fundamentals of writing a movie script opened the flood gates for me. I tried telling my mother that it was because I learned how to write screenplays that my spanish grades suffered so much. When I was suppose to be studying preterite verbs, I was working on my scripts. In 2007, I was honored with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Cinematic Achievement Award in Screenwriting. I wrote a total of six short films that were produced while I attended school, four of them I directed myself.
After graduating in 2007, I was shocked to find out Hollywood didn't want to immediately hire me. So I took some time off and worked in a refurbishing factory. A chance to save a little money and collect my thoughts on just what exactly I should do with my fancy new college degree. In September of 2008, I relocated to the city of Chicago to participate in an internship at Luminiar Film Productions. During the internship, I was able to contribute to the development of their newly created film review website, FilmDaddy.com.
While testing out different formats for the website, they asked me to write a few test reviews on some of the recent films that I've seen. So I wrote my first film review and I fell in love with it. And I was pretty good at it, too. Every time I see a movie I talk people's ears off on what I thought about it anyway. Now I was able to do it in a legit and less-annoying fashion.
Along with continuing to contribute to FilmDaddy.com, I also took a writing position with Static Multimedia where I review newly released DVDs and write commentaries on pop culture. I am always looking for new and exciting professional opportunities that will expand my horizon and allow me to utilize my talents, regardless of the field. So that pretty much brings you up to date. With nothing else to say, I'll leave you with a few words of wisdom. "There is good news and bad news about your future. The bad news is, you have no idea where life will bring you in the next couple of years. The good news is, you're going to find out more sooner than later." Take care, everyone.