After accepting the reality that my dream of becoming a professional football player wasn't going to happen, I was at a crossroads in terms of what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Then one day, I received a Paramount Pictures gift catalog in the mail. It's hard to explain, but I suddenly felt this burning desire to work in the fine arts after thumbing through the pages.
I purchased a Paramount shirt and ballcap, then enrolled in Columbia College Chicago to see if I could put my finger on what exactly did I want to pursue. Hoping that the desire I had wasn't a fad, I took novel/short story courses. I enjoyed them, but I still didn't feel complete. I wanted to write where I was able to get to the point a lot sooner than the process of writing novels. My instructor suggested screenwriting, and so I took a course the next semester, and discovered that it had everything I was looking for in being creative. I graduated from Columbia in 1993 hoping I would soon find an agent and get my screenwriting career underway.
I realized over the years that one never stops learning the craft of screenwriting. Through all the rejections, I have also learned more about writing scripts, and gained a better understanding of what I failed to realize when I started out. I am a far better writer today, and I know for sure that receiving that catalog was a unique calling to do this type of work. After all these years, I have not given up, and have no plans to do so.
What I have realized in recent years is that if I want a chance to see my work on screen, I will have to try and get it done myself instead of depending on someone else to believe in my work. This is true now more than ever, considering that I want to write movies that evangelize the human spirit and give God all the glory. Right now, I am trying to build my own studio in hopes of that goal turning into fruition instead of depending on someone to decide whether or not I get to praise God with my talent and make a living.