• August 14, 2017
    The Law of Inevitability: Why Creatives Do What We Do

    Over the last two weekends I've had conversations with multiple people who asked me how it is I came to do what I do. My answer was this: Well, it was inevitable.

    I come from a small town where people don't really dream of Hollywood (in the representative, metaphorical sense of the word). It's not that people in my hometown discouraged it; but no one encouraged it. Show business was almost like an alien world. When I was 18 I went to college (as you do), got a business degree (because why not), then went on to get a Master's degree. All that to say, I was on a path to do anything else, and yet, somehow, the arts found me.

    I've come to call this the "Law of Inevitability." If you allow yourself to remain open to opportunities and possibilities, and never settle for anything less than what you want, you'll find what truly drives you. I've heard creative virtuoso Jared Leto describe it as being "compelled beyond a reasonable doubt." That is to say, when it comes to pursuing a life in the arts, it's almost as though you don't have a choice.

    There was a period of time where I was doing a lot. Whether it was conscious or subconscious (probably a little of both), what I was doing was trying to find my passion. Little by little, fat got trimmed away until I realized not only that acting, writing, performing, etc. is what I've wanted all along, but I realized I had wanted to do it since I was a child.

    I just needed to get out of my own way...

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CONTENTS

Ive been described as a prolific writer with a unique voice and a lot to say. Sure those quotes all came from my mom, but were gonna move past that.


PROJECTS

COMPLETED
PROPRIETY / WEB SERIES COMEDY PILOT
After Joey, an opinionated free spirit, commits an impetuous act of rebellion against his best friend, he is forced to get a new roommate. He finds Stan, a recently-single introvert, who tries to reinvent himself by joining Joey in his adventures that skew conventional definitions of dating, relationships, and general decorum. 
GATEWAY / SHORT FILM
When a novice interrogator is hired to extract information from a data cryptologist hiding U.S. secrets, she quickly realizes the mysterious man has more to hide than anyone thought.

SEMI-COMPLETED

THE COGNITION EXPERIMENT / SHORT FILM
A former government operative working for a secret agency tries to obtain information about a terrorist attack, while coming to terms with his family’s past… and potentially, their involvement in the attack itself.
WHAT MAKES US THE SAME / HALF-HOUR COMEDY PILOT
When an unconventional group of friends who don’t fit in are challenged to behave properly, they crash a black tie affair to try their hand at normalcy.

NOT COMPLETED
(BUT WORKING REALLY HARD)

DAISY / FEATURE FILM
A recovering addict is pulled back into a life of sex, drugs and violence after befriending a young girl who finds herself in a dangerous situation while desperately trying to escape her own past.
UPON THE SAND / ONE-HOUR DRAMA PILOT
Intersecting stories of three couples struggling with love, betrayal, corruption and their own inner demons.

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Movie Reviews
Books, Academia and Nerdiness
  • August 9, 2017
    The Chubbuck Technique 12 Steps
    The Chubbuck Technique teaches actors how to use their emotions not as an end result, but as a way to empower a goal. The obstacles in the character's life life are not meant to be accepted but overcome, in...
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  • April 28, 2017
    Building Vs. Pursuing: How A Shift In Focus Can Allow For More Freedom
    Over the past year or so I've noticed a restlessness about myself. Wanderlust. I love Nashville; I've been here for over six years. It's been good to me. Yet lately I've been wanting to travel. Ok, frankly, I've been...
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  • April 21, 2017
    The Childlike Joy of Witnessing Magic
    This week I got to experience something special. I got to see a child experience the process of filmmaking for the first time.
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  • March 31, 2017
    Movie Review: Nocturnal Animals
      Nocturnal Animals is a unique thrill ride. Tom Ford captured great cinematography and even better acting. However, the film will also put you in a weird mood the rest of the day. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors...
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  • March 24, 2017
    Movie Review: Passengers
      I like Rom Coms, I like action movies and I like space movies. Passengers had it all. Going in I thought, "Ok, the studio found an epic setting in which to put the two hottest stars right now. I'm sure it...
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  • March 17, 2017
    Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast
      I've read several bad reviews of Beauty and the Beast, mostly from people whose advice I very much respect in terms of film, musicals and music in general. I'll say this: Watch without analyzing or comparing it to the...
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  • February 24, 2017
    Movie Review: Moonlight
      Beautiful. Provocative. Real. Moonlight is a film that needs to exist. It is beautifully-shot, and stays with you, making you question and reflect. It's a story rarely (if ever) told, and yet manages - with the perfect juxtaposition of both courage and...
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  • February 13, 2017
    The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet
    The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet is the single most useful takeaway from Save The Cat! I've found a couple screenplay "templates" that I have worked with, but none that have allowed me to see my story so clear and laid out. Here...
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  • January 27, 2017
    Movie Review: Captain Fantastic
      Captain Fantastic is the movie I wish I had written. Plain and simple. Matt Ross' film may just be my favorite of awards season. It was smart, funny, sad, and entirely original without being, you know... weird. (Although it is beautifully...
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  • January 10, 2017
    "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) shares her unique insight into creativity and inspiration in her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Rich with personal stories and anecdotes, Gilbert encourages readers to live creatively, let go of fear, and respect...
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  • November 4, 2016
    Excellence Is Lonely
    “Excellence is lonely. Everyone relates to the struggle at the bottom, but few will ever know what you went through to get to the top.” - Tim Grover
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  • October 14, 2016
    On Passion
    Finally, something triggered in my mind to make me understand passion on a deeper level. It's like when you fall in love, and all those corny songs you've been listening to your whole life finally start making sense.
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  • September 9, 2016
    Movie Review: Don't Think Twice
      Don't Think Twice captures universal themes of friendship and chasing dreams, seen through the world of improv. It is a near-perfect film by Mike Birbiglia​ - brilliantly written and brought together by amazing performances all around. Gillian Jacobs and Keegan-Michael...
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  • September 2, 2016
    On Reviewing Films
    I try to be a life-long student. As an actor and screenwriter, studying and curiosity is a part of life. So, as an exercise in studying film (and an excuse to watch movies more often than I normally would),...
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CONTENTS

Ive been described as a prolific writer with a unique voice and a lot to say. Sure those quotes all came from my mom, but were gonna move past that.


PROJECTS

COMPLETED
GATEWAY / SHORT FILM
When a novice interrogator is hired to extract information from a data cryptologist hiding U.S. secrets, she quickly realizes the mysterious man has more to hide than anyone thought.

SEMI-COMPLETED

UNTITLED SHORT FILM
A former government operative working for a secret agency tries to obtain information about a terrorist attack, while coming to terms with his family’s past… and potentially, their involvement in the attack itself.
WHAT MAKES US THE SAME – “THE PILOT” / SITCOM
The only thing this group of friends in their 30s has in common is that they have nothing in common (except, perhaps, their love of a good time). While trying to navigate life and love outside of convention, they decide to try the “classy” route… by crashing a black tie affair.

NOT COMPLETED
(BUT WORKING REALLY HARD)

DAISY / FEATURE FILM
A recovering addict is pulled back into a life of sex, drugs and violence after befriending a young girl who finds herself in a dangerous situation while desperately trying to escape her own past.
UNTITLED DRAMA PILOT
Intersecting stories of three couples struggling with love, betrayal, corruption and their own inner demons.

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