Honestly, growing up, I never aspired to be in show business. From a very early age, my ambitions were relatively simple. I wanted to tell stories or investigate crimes or explore outerspace. Author, Detective, Astronaut – those were my top three choices. I didn’t even consider scriptwriting until a friend suggested I give it a go after reading the thoroughly middling first draft of the novel I wrote back in college. Taking his advice, I picked up Syd Field’s Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting and learned everything I needed to know, then got to work, magically transforming that mediocre first novel into an equally mediocre first script. But it was a start.
Over the course of my twenty-three years in the entertainment field, I’ve written over 120 hours of produced television (not including uncredited rewrites), produced over 400 hours, scripted animation, teen sitcoms, action-adventure, drama, science fiction, and comic books – and amassed innumerable anecdotes, from the hilarious to the disheartening to the mind-blogglingly preposterous.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to regale you with some of the more memorable (aka = outrageous) tales of my time in trenches. Wherever necessary, names will be changed or withheld to protect the childish, the cretinous, and the egregiously egotistical.