Hounded #1: Page 7

Life is funny sometimes.

I think we all have ideas – concepts we create to better our lives, and possibly bring change to the world around us.

Maybe it's something little, like a new dish that the restaurant you work at should offer. Maybe it's a way to economize your home, reduce your bills. Maybe it's something to change the town you live in, that you bring to your local city hall.

Or maybe, like me, you want to create.

I think there are stories within all of us. And I think that we can all be good storytellers. From the husband that comes home and tries to make telling his wife about his day interesting – to a visionary that wanted to tell a story that took place a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – I think that storyteller drive is within everyone.

While I was in my senior year at college, I was blessed with the opportunity to work in the exact medium I wished. One of my teachers, Doug Campbell, heard I had made the move to LA and invited me to come hang out on the set of the movie he was directing.

This invitation changed my life.

I'm not kidding.

The one day was fascinating. I sat near him at the video monitor, watching the process carefully – soaking in as much as I could. At the end of the day, he asked if I wanted to come back.
I did. I really, really did.

This slowly built into me working on five movies with that production company. (All of which have since aired on the Lifetime channel)

It wasn't an easy process. I was working on the movie five days a week, thirteen (or more) hours a day. On my two days off, I was bartending. On top of that, I was taking five classes. (All in all, I was easily working over a hundred hours a week)

Let's just say; I wasn't sleeping a whole lot.

But, it taught me what was possible.

Through all the ups and downs, the breakthroughs and the struggles, all of it taught me a lot. And it started with a simple invitation. (So thank you again Doug!)

After the fifth movie, the company took a few months off. (Their normal production cycle) I also graduated with a BFA from the Academy of Art University. I went back to bartending (and sleeping a lot more). But, I also started building a network. You see, the fabulous thing about LA is that almost everyone wants the same thing, in one fashion or another. There are an incredible number of extremely talented people all around you, every day.

I started building a network, talking to people. I found out what they were interested in, what they wanted to do, and tried to give them an opportunity to show me just how good they were. I support my team – and they support me.

That is the foundation of all of this. This really is just the beginning. There will be more movies, more short films, even some fun video blogs. We have started filming a series of episodes for 'CrookedTV' – more on that soon! (Some of it is just for fun – but I have also just finished writing the first narrative short. This series is going to go all over.)

However, my point is this: how many of you have stories that you want to tell? Maybe novels, comics, or even movies – do you have that perfect idea, ready for the world? Look around you, talk to the people in your life. I don't care if your dream is to be a comic book writer (which was something I always hoped for myself) – or to be a member of the next big boy band (As Peet, a friend of mine did – and is now finding success within ZeroGravity – check it out) – what your dream is doesn't matter: chasing it does.

The people around you can help. So, find your voice – find your path. There are a lot of things in life that you can not do by yourself – so surround yourself with people who will support you, and start building for the future!

In the comments below, sound off! What is your dream? What do you want to do? Maybe you can find a creative partner here. Or, who knows: maybe you can work with us on a project. Anything is possible.

Stay strong – and keep on dreaming! See you next week.