1970's veteran character actor, Joe Higgins, was my father's best friend. Best known for his "Dodge Sheriff," he was the spokesperson for Chrysler. Unca' Joe stayed with us whenever in town and would call us with his latest television and movie premiers. When he died in 1998, I decided to honor his memory by being in at least "one" movie.
I am lucky to live in the 11th largest "city" in the U.S. Our police department has a Citizen's Police Academy. I was its 2009 Class President. This ten-week experience led to my having the utmost respect for the dedication necessary to choose this profession. Just like Actors, they have a true Passion for their work.
No one can make it by themselves in this Business. Anyone can "read" Lines, but to become a truly "believable" actor, you must Train...constantly. I've studied under some of the best in the county, and certainly New York City. Their "lessons," often feeling like a sports practice, paid off in 2018 when I Won my second Best Actor Award.
Being Cast in David Baldacci's "Wish You Well" would forever change the course of my career. Our first discussion On Set revealed so many parallels in our personal lives, that I felt empowered to finally follow my childhood dream of becoming a professional writer. David paints with sentences, I with scenes.
Yale's Screenwriting Professor Marc Lapadula has taught some of Hollywood's top screenwriters. He calls me one of his best students in eighteen years. He is a relentless task-master, a gifted teacher, a dedicated mentor, and now, a true friend. The best way to learn screenwriting? Read scripts...all of them...every day.
I told David I write twelve hours a day everyday, he gave me a big hug saying that is how he writes. When Marc asked how I am motivated to work so hard, I stomped on the floor saying "My biological clock is ticking!" My twelve Final Drafts in every genre have won multiple Laurels with another twelve still in rough draft.