Every filmmaker has a starting point. Mine was very early. My mother was a stage director for local theater. I was probably 7 years of age when I witnessed her working with actors and stage hands. I was drawn to her detailed descriptions of what she wanted from the images to the performances on stage. I was there through each rehearsal and dress rehearsal. The electricity back stage was unlike any other feeling I had ever experienced. People rushing past some half dressed, some fully prepared but all were driven by the excitement of the director.
I carried this memory all through my high school years and joined in the drama club. While I played soccer and was in a rock band. Cinema has always been on my radar as a career. I never knew what a producer actually did while I was in high school until I directed a play when I was 17. I obtained the rights to put up “ONCE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST” and learned quickly what a producer handles. I directed that play as well and played and acted in the role of Randall McMurphy. It was an experience that educated me greatly and afforded me fuel for the future.
After graduating from high school, I was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. In my next blog I will go into the adventures during my studies and how those moments influenced my first film “SECOND DANCE”, you can view it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/FM_rvtyjv7o
Until the next blog; Keep the dream alive and never give up!