Well if you really want to know:
I wrote (and illustrated) my first book when I was seven, "Holly the Fairy." I still have the first (and only) copy in my archives. That was nearly fifty years ago. My time in the industry has spanned over three decades, but as far as concentrated writing I'm not sure I could lump together ten years.
I moved to LA at nineteen and spent the better part of the next decade in theater and film. I wrote, produced and directed several of my own plays as well as working behind the scenes. I also worked in the industry on early music videos, commercials, TV shows and films. I worked as a scenic artist, production assistant, production manager and location manager. I wrote many scripts and at one point had a screenplay optioned, but it was never produced.
I struggled along until I got involved in the new world of Multimedia production. I spent the next several years traveling the globe producing software, CD-ROMs and games. Eventually I ended up in New York where I was hired as a producer for WNET’s new media department. While in New York I did a little writing and eventually had a play showcased at the Samuel Becket theater. The nearest I've gotten to my dreams.
In the late nineties I decided to move back to LA and concentrate on screenwriting. I wrote several scripts and had a TV series optioned to be produced for the web, but it was too early in the world of online media and that never happened. I moved back to New York for family reasons and produced an episode of the series that had fallen out of option, "Manhattan Crawl" which is still up on YouTube.
After shopping "Manhattan Crawl" and a new screenplay, "Dutch Act," I went “off the grid”, essentially cutting ties, eliminating my online profile and opting to make money over my engaging in my craft.
What happened next is a blur and when the dust settled I found myself in the Catskills with a wife and a horse sanctuary. Ten years had passed with hardly a word written. I had a new set of skills, including chopping wood and driving a tractor. I'd lived another life, and that's OK, but I still hadn't done what I set out to do all those years ago when I first moved to LA.
They say it's never too late. I don't know about that, but I think I got one more round in me. So here I am. I have a new screenplay I'm pitching and another I'm finishing. I surfaced into the world of social media and am putting myself out there. I'm networking, I'm writing, I'm starting over... again. This is probably my last (and hopefully my best) effort to achieve the dream that has so long eluded me.
My latest screenplay "The Manny" is up here. You can view several of my older plays and screenplays on my website at http://rprose.com/
I'm also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rprose.NYC
Name: Robert Rosenbaum
Lives in: New York City, New York
Company: Stella Nova Studios
Occupation: Playwright, Screenwriter and Director
Unique traits: I talk to horses.