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
Unique traits: I talk to horses.
Basement Drama Nine neighbors take shelter in a Brooklyn basement during the first air raid of the new war, must find a way to survive the night... and each other.
A World Away Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Drama After losing her job and her boyfriend, a busy ad exec impulsively moves into a run-down farm outside the city where she is challenged to build a new life on her own terms.
The Wick Inn Horror ⋄ Comedy A journalist and his buddies, hook up with a coven of hot witches, and must use their paintball skills to save Napa Valley from an evil sorceress.
The Manny Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Drama A former TV idol and Hollywood bad-boy, takes a job as a nanny to the little girl next door and must apply lessons learned in order to save his relationship with his own daughter.
Schrödinger's Ticket Comedy A socially awkward physics professor who may or may not have won a mega-lotto jackpot goes on a celebratory weekend trip to Las Vegas; but before the state of the ticket is resolved, the ticket is stolen, his new girlfriend is kidnapped and his cat goes missing. Is four-hundred-eighty-five million dollars really worth the hassle?