More story than bio
I was a very creative kid: an odd mix of talents nobody knew what to do with. I loved everything from painting to ceramics to glassblowing (until I burnt half my hair off, that ended that). I printed etchings, silkscreened t-shirts, I could literally make a shirt from doublemint gum wrappers. But one thing I couldn’t do was draw a bowl of fruit.
Ergo, I was not an artist.
At the same time, I was fascinated with television and movies. I was the kid nobody would watch tv with because in three minutes I knew the plot (note, you can actually be good at this and not say it out loud, oops) and literally recited dialogue in tandem with TV. No wonder nobody would watch Marcus Welby, M.D. with me (also, James Brolin is why I’m gay). I knew the scenes, the dialogue and spotted every continuity mishap. But I didn’t want to be on stage.
Ergo, I was not an actor.
So, I was sent to college for Art History (note, there is nothing artsy about art history), I hated it and left school.
I landed a job selling “Advertising Specialties”. If you’re not familiar, it’s swag. If it sounds awful, it’s because it was. I had to find a more creative outlet or agency—so I did. In 1985 I bought the company I worked for and began to reinvent it as an advertising agency.
Then, on an early fall evening in 1988, something happened. I saw a spot for Seiko
Watches, and a southern woman spit out these words: “My husband’s not around anymore, but my Seiko still is”. It was not like anything I had ever seen. It was authentic and emotive - I FELT it. And I recognized the power of authenticity.
I spent the new few years mastering what I called “interview”, an unscripted on-camera interview that yielded authentic content. I went on to create hundreds of spots in this fashion.
Over the following twenty years, I had the opportunity to work with some of the most remarkable talent, including Kris Jenner, Jessica Simpson, Belinda Carlisle, Dan Marino, Alexa Ray Joel, Melissa Joan Hart, Jillian Barberie, Terry Bradshaw, Billie Jean King, Marie Osmond and Wendie Malick.
But it was time to venture out once again, this time into film. In 2008 I met a group of producers at an LGBT film festival. A year later I co-produced Fred Caruso’s “The Big Gay Musical”. In 2011 Fred Caruso went on the produce the first film I wrote and directed: “What Happens Next”. It was extraordinary, glorious, overwhelming and I loved every second of it.
Ergo, I was a filmmaker.
My screenplay, “Shoulder Dance”, is a story I am very excited about and hope to make this film in late 2019 early 2020. I’ll be updating here as it progresses.