Chapter Excerpt

Talk about how you felt after high school versus today on the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?"

When I graduated high school, I thought everything would somehow work itself out. I had lucked and charmed my way through school and made the most of the opportunities that I had gotten, so I assumed that if I gave life about a 40% effort I would be just fine. I was a naive fool and wasted a few years floating through community college hoping for the best, getting high and playing video games. I wanted to be an actor and my fallback job was to be a philosophy professor. Typical stoner.

What do I want to do when I grow up? I want to be a creative full time. I want to work with and for people I trust and enjoy and I want to produce content for people I love and respect in ways that do justice to their art. I want to collaborate with challenging and fascinating artists who are more talented and differently talented than me. There are a million possible avenues that would fulfill the above qualifications. Specific examples include: writing, acting, editing, producing, or consulting for the projects in the medium of film, television, podcast, web series, or theater that have the potential to be sustainable or enriching.

What do you do today to make a living?

I am a cashier at a retail store, a freelance video editor, a non-union actor and videographer, speech and debate coach, film director. (Jobs listed in order of annual income.)

Describe the worst moment of failure in your creative/ entrepreneurial career.

The worst two moments of my creative life occurred in the same summer and are very closely linked in my mind...

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