I've been a creative maverick all my life. Growing up on a small homestead in the midwest, self-expression was the default - while we weren't exactly isolated, I had more time than the average kid to roam around in the woods, build forts, and write adventure stories in my head.
As soon as I completed high school, I started making movies and shooting stop-motion films. A few years later, I was traveling the country working in the camera department on ultra-low-budget independent films. I learned a lot about the world, and about acting, and about how (and why) stories are told.
Eventually, family life caught up with me, and career paths forked for a while. I settled down to be a dad. I learned how to be an IT nerd. I even spent a few years working for an Amish company. It was a nice, stable life.
...but eventually, the creative arts came calling again, and I could not resist its siren song.
I have no youthful dreams of being famous anymore, but I do believe that there are stories out there that I can tell better than anyone else might, and if you'll give me the opportunity to try, then I think we might do all right by each other.
I hope you enjoy these performances as much as I enjoyed giving them.