Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I read voraciously as a kid. Grew up to write crappy poetry as a teenager. Don't laugh, it got me a couple of girlfriends who were out of my league. I stopped writing poetry when I got married since all the angst was gone. After getting laid off from yet another dotcom startup where I was sure to be a millionaire "any day now", I realized I wasn't fulfilled doing computer work all day. So I took a test at the Johnson O'Connor Institute to measure my aptitudes. The test told me to consider a career as a playwright. Instead, I chose to pursue screenwriting since I didn't want to starve. Figuring this would take a week or two tops, I signed up for the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. Ten years later, I'm finally a little less crappy of a writer than when I started. Now I spend my time with the Pixar screenwriters' group and the Pixar children's book writing group.