" I believe in pushing yourself to your full potential because our species is meant to evolve and is built to stretch."
My life hasn't always been easy. Whose has? We all come from a different walk of life with our own ups and downs and our own experiences about how it happened. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. Some have it easier than others and some struggle harder just to survive.
I was born in Warrenton, Oregon to my Mother and Father with a half-brother sibling and full-blood sister. We didn't have much but my Mother was a teacher and so was my Father. Teaching doesn't pay much in physical currency but it was what they loved doing and it definitely paid back in spiritual terms.
On both sides of the family, we are full blooded artists. My Grandfather on my Mother's side was a photographer and art instructor and her next husband, my other Grandfather was an inventor. My Grandmother was a weaver and pottery artist and my other Grandmother was an English teacher. My Aunt's and Uncle's are artists in every field of art you can think of. Bottom line, hard to miss any artist traits in my blood.
My biological Father died when I was three of a brain tumor leaving my Mother single with three kids. It was a few years of city life before she remarried to a remarkable man and father of four already (two his and two adopted) who lived on a sheep farm in the Pacific Northwest (aka middle of nowhere). The rules to life suddenly changed again as there was a no TV and no video games rule as well as a nearest neighbor nearly a mile away. "Focus on your school and get a good education. If you're bored, read a book."
Me being a "four-eyed geek" with little to no friends, I chose to read and explore my own mind, because it was the only escape from reality I truly had. And when I couldn't focus on that anymore, I made weird sounds to keep me occupied (I guess I was doing that since I was a child, according to my Mother). And I had to fit in somehow so I started mimicking everybody. These were all the traits of the beginning stages of an actor.
In high school, everybody knew everybody so it was hard to take Thesbian classes without getting slammed into the locker and verbally abused by the bullies of the school. In fear, I didn't choose the path of acting even though it "called to me". Directly after high school, I partly took an acting class at the local college but dropped it because I wanted to impress my family with good grades. That didn't work out too well and I decided to go to Portland, Oregon about two hours away and try out one of their wonderful acting classes there with Gloria Manon.
She was amazing and really helped me understand the basics of acting and using the inner self in order to create a better performance. It was too far of a drive after awhile, though, so I decided to move to the big city where all sorts of crazy things happened we won't talk about for now. Anyhow, a few years of this and some more classes at the Portland Community College and I decided this state wasn't for me and it was time to make it in the acting business!
I moved to Los Angeles.
Let me tell you a little about my voice-over background. I've basically been creating and imitating voices since I was a baby. I did it so much my Mom called me a "Blabbermouth". I didn't have a TV growing up so I would usually imitate behavior and voices of those around me to try to fit in. (5 brothers and 4 sisters will make anybody yearn for more attention!) I got really good at it.
I kinda of never had "my own" personality per-se, and was always "someone else". I was so many people that I would forget who I was the day or month before and it made it hard to fit in. Especially since I was the nerd with the glasses and neon windbreakers. I even wore cat eye contacts to a prom once, but that's besides the point.
I moved to California in 2005 to pursue voice-acting and boy was I in for a surprise! It's really not that easy to get into this business. I booked a ton of small work but nothing substantial. Had to build the resumé a little bit. The way to get work is... once you do, impress the HELL out of your boss! They will keep calling you back and that's how you get a voice-over career.
I haven't been completely focused lately but this year I've hit it hard! I built this website to show you all the work I've done. I've built a sound recording studio and about to purchase all the equipment to record my own voices at home. (That's another way to open more doors for your career!)
I will record for myself and clients for film, music, and voice-over. This is only one of the few things I do but I think it's one that I do better than other things I do so I think I'll be focusing on this pretty hard for awhile and see how things roll. If it's slow, I can always focus on Acting, Writing, Directing, Producing, or Photography!
ANIMATIONS / VIDEO GAMES
- Final Fantasy
- Dragon Age
- Vampire Hunter D
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
- Steve Blum
- Orlando Jones
- Wally Wingert
- Claudia Black
- Steve Renad
How did I get into acting, you probably wonder? Well, I initially moved to California to pursue voice-over. A few people told me that's not the business to be in, acting was much larger and easier to book. So I went all-in like I normally do... (don't ask) and ended up getting screwed by a few people but then got some wonderful opportunities!
I went on literally hundreds of auditions until I booked my first ones. Then it got a bit easier and easier. Once you learn how the "system" or "game" of Hollywood works, it gets easier and easier.
One either really cool thing or really annoying thing about acting is getting type cast for roles you think you're not right for but you apparently are. That's me and all villain, druggie, surfer, or stoner roles out there. I kept reading the same types scripts over and over and over and it got to the point where I saw people were recycling ideas or limiting their creativeness in order to quickly bang out a film and make some bucks and move on.
Not me, I don't work like that.
- Daniel Day-Lewis
- Christian Bale
- Malcolm McDowell
- Tom Hardy
- Paul Dano
- Min Sik Choi
- Mads Mikkelsen
- Oscar Isaac
How exactly did I get into Filmmaking?
I was sick of acting in the same films over and over again. The same roles, the same storylines, the same everything. It was very rare to audition for "the perfect role" but then you're up against some of the best actors in the world. You nail it perfectly and get the callback. Then another callback. Then you hear nothing. Then years later you see Paul Dano is playing the role you almost booked in the film Prisoners, opposite Hugh Jackman. And this isn't the only time this has happened...
My acting coach told me to not just wait around for auditions to happen. Keep acting. Keep being in front of a camera. Keep active in the acting community. So I had a camera and filmed whatever weird character I could. Why weird? I'm a character actor!
How does this all tie in together? Well, my adrenaline starts pumping when I see a great film that went outside the ordinary to appease it's audience. It takes a great chance but in the long run, becomes one of the most recognized films of all time. That is what inspires me. And when there's a lack of it and it's right there at my own whim, why not make it myself? If you want something done the way you envision it, do it yourself. So I did.
This is also the same time I was getting sick in the heart and my body wouldn't let me be as active as usual. I needed something to do while I sat around in misery. I began to write scenes for myself. Which turned into short films then feature films, and series'. I couldn't stop! So many cool ideas!
I had them graded by getting screenplay coverage and entering screenplay festivals. I finally started to place after several rewrites. Then I filmed a few and entered them in festivals and they were accepted to a few. Then I auditioned for a role and didn't get it but offered to help the director with his film and eventually became the producer on the project.
This is all I ever wanted to do so it's really not that hard to do it. I'll never stop making films or being an artist. It's in my blood. It's what I do. And I have MANY MANY MANY film ideas that I will develop and present to you before my time comes to an end.
- 28 Days Later...
- A Clockwork Orange
- Fight Club
- Kill Bill
- Enter the Void
- Memories of Murder
- Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
- Lady Vengeance
- Pulp Fiction
- Requiem for a Dream
I have writer's blood naturally flowing throughout my body. My Mother's a writer, My Grandmother was an English Teacher. My Father wrote poetry and music. My Great Grandmother was a novelist. I guess I'm the first one in the bloodline to write for films as well?
I wasn't even fully aware I was good at it until I attempted writing my first feature (which has since then had 4 full rewrites and over 70 drafts. I'm pretty sure it only needs one more good one this time! lol) all due to me hating what I was auditioning for and wanting to see more rare stories on screen. So I did it. I wrote.
Since then, I've basically written all ideas that come to my head I would love to see on screen. And I learned that writing is a pure form of art and a way to get your point across. I want the world to get along and stop being angry. So I write what makes me angry to get it off my shoulders and to show the world what different energies can do to the world from a different perspective. Sometimes all it takes is one word, one phrase, one picture, one idea, to change the world.
Since then I've written 2 pilots, 4 short films, 1 feature, a trilogy outline, two songs, and 3 pieces of poetry. It all comes naturally to me. I've learned to never force it, just let it happen. Let my art carry me to where I need to go and it will work itself out in the end. :)
- George RR Martin
- David Benioff
- Randall Wallace
- Alan Ball
- Jim Uhls
- RA Salvatore
- Shawn Ryan
I LOOOOOVE directing! There's something about seeing the "big picture" and being able to correctly put everything into place from an outside perspective that I just love! I've watched so many films, been on so many sets, asked so many questions, read so many interviews and blogs, etc... it's become second nature to me! Everything has a structure so once you know the structure, it becomes easier.
And if you love it, then that makes time go by faster and you aren't miserable! Sure, it's a hard "job" but at the end of the months ore years it took you make it, it's well worth the payoff!
Want to know what completely inspired me to want to be a director? Mel Gibson's Braveheart! That is by far the best medieval film of all time (for me, anyway)! Ohhhh, how I love me some Game of Thrones and about fainted when I heard it was coming out and about died when I saw the first trailer, and especially the RED WEDDING! (OOPS... SPOILER ALERT!)
It took me like 5 years to completely watch Braveheart because I didn't have a TV growing up and I had to keep "sneak" renting it and watching it at church while my Mother taught choir practice for an hour. It was such a long movie, I had to keep renting it and I never had time or money to keep renting it or it would be rented out and then what? The tension built up...
To explain something else I grew up reading Dungeons & Dragons and Forgotten Realms. That blended with Braveheart made me want to be an actor, writer, filmmaker, medieval warrior, and straight up badass. I've been so fascinated by films that as soon as I moved out of the house I literally watched 2-6 movies a day or television or anime or whatever I could get my hands on.
Obsession grew and I moved to Portland, Oregon, the big city, to pursue acting at college. It wasn't too busy after 4 years so I took off to Hollywood, not knowing I would ever direct, just that I loved it.
And now here I am.
I already have a ton of films mapped out that I will make before I die. The whole idea being a medieval fantasy trilogy with the guts and glory of Braveheart. Oh, yes! Let me film enough films, learn enough things, and impress enough people for some financier to be totally acceptable with throwing multi millions my way to complete this future medieval fantasy trilogy that will please the fans, not steal their money and run.
- Mel Gibson
- Chan Wook Park
- Stanley Kubrick
- Danny Boyle
- Darren Arronofsky
- Quentin Tarantino
- Joon Ho Bong
- Gasper Noé
- Christopher Nolan
- Nicolas Winding Refn
Producing is the result of me wanting to make my projects the "right way". Truth be told, for every additional person that wants to take charge in a project calibrated by your vision, it can become watered down with other people's opinions based on their own perspective on life.
Since they are from another walk of life, they have different point of view, which may lead to a different understanding of how they feel the project should be portrayed. That's why it's imperative that when producing, you find like-minded people to work with or the vision can be completely and utterly tainted with a polar opposite vision of how the original writer imagined it.
This is why I'll never write my scripts to sell and instead, produce them so I can keep my original vision as close to possible without being tainted.
My photography career came simply from the iPhone 3 and the ability to take as many interesting photos as I possibly could while sitting around waiting at places such as hospital visits, friends house, walking, museums, and just about anywhere in my daily life routine.
I took so many photos that I didn't have time to edit them all. Then I decided that maybe it was about time to get a DSLR so I could take cleaner photos and up my game so I bought a Canon 7D and just went at it! Not only was this a great hobby, but now I could take my portraits and make some cash on the side.
Among that, I could learn and play more behind the digital world of cameras to help me better understand the visual aspect of filmmaking. No matter how far I go in this business, photography will still be a part of me no matter what!