My mom always said I was going to be a writer.
Of course, I thought she was out of her mind. Sure, that writing stuff came pretty easily, but it was, (sorry mom), kinda boring in comparison with all of the other things I wanted to do. So I pursued all of those other things, and one day realized that each and every one of them had something in common... I was writing. Writing ad copy, writing press releases, writing proposals... just writing.
Then came theatre school at UCLA and my world tilted on its axis. I wrote a one-act play for my beginning playwriting class which turned into a full-length play under the helpful eye of Carl Mueller, which won the Sienna College International Playwriting Award. And at the same time, I studied musical theatre writing with my beloved mentor, Gary Gardner, (a class I took simply as a lark and ode to my love for musical theater), which led to my first musical, Make Believe, which led to an invitation to join the graduate playwriting program at UCLA. And I began to believe.
I haven't been as prolific as I was in those pre-children years, but I never stopped writing. And now that I've entered the "children in college years", it seems the time is right to take that dream out, dust it off and get back in the game.
So here I am, back in the game. Thanks, mom - you were right all along.
M.F.A. in Playwriting - UCLA . B.A. in Theatre - UCLA