I was literally born under the Hollywood sign. I made my debut at Queen of Angels Hospital. Now the defunct Dream Center - a nightmare of an eyesore but an ideal location for a Stephen King film.
When I relocated to Orange County as a kid, I discovered that I had a writing talent. Sixth Grade to be exact. From there I launched my writing career as Editor of the Crown Valley Gazette where I did cover stories for popular junior high bands such as The Rubber Band. Cameron Crowe had nothing on me.
In high school, I worked for John Severson, Founding Editor of Surfer Magazine. As a surfer myself, I saw his passion in work for the things he loved. I inhaled anything and everything about the creative process. High school teachers encouraged me to consider a writing career. College professors suggested I abandon my Business Major and pursue my destiny.
But I told them the same thing my Dad told me: There's no steady work for writers.
Within years, I was the youngest Controller of a major Fortune 500 Company for medical devices. Getting the big title and paycheck was exciting; earning it was downright boring. I jumped ship and wore colorful hats for a boutique ad agency as media buyer - then went on to do copy for TV, radio and print. Our markets extended from San Diego to the LA basin on up to the Califoria Central Coast. Our portfoilo ranged from toys, clothing store chains, restaurants and aerospace. I had found my comfort zone.
Then I branched out to unchartered waters. I've owned a successful family business that continues to support my writing and filmmaking endeavors. I'm an award-winning screenwriter - as well as an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
I've never looked back....except to see the Hollywood sign in all her glory.