Began seriously writing in 1984 during my senior year of high school when I discovered that writing bad erotica for teenaged boys was more lucrative than working at McDonalds. Made a few bucks but mostly bartered for cigarettes & weed.
In the late 80's while in college, I fell into a local theatre company and found out stage acting was a lot more fun that going to school. It turns out acting isn't the best gig for a single parent without any support, so I took a job managing a café and began writing plays to soothe the loss of theatre life. From there I started writing screenplays.
In the early 90's I sold a TV pilot to a Toronto film company (questionable legitimacy, long story) and I have the dodgy paperwork/receipt to prove the sale.
I became a 'background actor' around the same time and gave my agent a feature film script to look at. She had a Toronto producer option it for around 10 years while they tried to get the film funded. Nada. I shelved it.
Back in 2001, while volunteering (policy writing) for a municipal government, I was picked up by legit business consultant firm and mentored into what I am today. I have 100% success rates with my funding proposals - mainly because I won't take a job unless I know my client will get the funding. If you don't meet the guidelines, I won't take the job. I'm not wasting your money or my time. I'm semi-retired, I only take gigs that interest or excite me. I honestly can't be arsed to write a 50 page business plan for your 'amazing gift shoppe', showcasing local artisans who make birchbark bookmarks.
Wrote for a local newspaper 2010. I was heading off to Tyre, Lebanon for a few months and asked the editor if he wanted a travel writer. Got the gig, stayed with the paper until they had me report/write the court docket which named all the locals who got busted for dealing meth etc. I quit because this town is small and I didn't want my house torched by pissed off drug dealers. You don't sh*t where you eat.
Recently finished writing a TV Pilot which is based on the above mentioned feature screenplay and have entered it into a bunch of suspect "contests". I'm only out a couple hundred dollars if they're not legit.
New Mother Nature Comedy Terrorized by criminal elements in their home neighbourhood, two septuagenarian women resist, and retaliate, in atypical maternal fashion with kindness, sweetness, and lawlessness.