About

  • Personal Stuff
    • Born in 1970
    • Became a (single) father in 1989, a grandfather in 2009, and a grandfather again in 2018.
  • Professional Stuff (Creative)
    • Played and recorded music more or less continuously since 1978
      • Picked up some guitar and learned to sing a bit as well, but drums remain my primary instrument
      • I’m sure I passed “hundreds of” gigs a while back, but probably not “thousands of.” Everything from empty bars to five-digit crowds, again mostly behind a drum set but the last couple of years I’ve occasionally popped up singing and playing guitar here and there.
      • First official paid gig 1983
    • Actor
      • Screen acting in various independent and student projects since the 80’s
      • Live performance in everything from Shakespeare to professional wrestling (That link is so old I have no idea why it still exists and I have no access to it at all.)
    • Founding member non-profit theater group, duties included everything except managing money
    • Proficient with most photo, video, and audio editing tools for the desktop as well as significant “pre-digital” experience in graphic, video and audio recording and editing
    • Writing and blogging since before the word “blogging” was invented.
  • Professional Stuff (Technical)
    • IT – computer geek since the late 70’s. Work history in helpdesk, owned my own web design & pc repair for a few years as well; A+ certified in 1999. Once on the cutting edge of IT during the late 90’s through mid-2000’s but moved into public interest media production beginning in the middle of the decade.
      • Major PC gamer going back to the days when PC gaming was two-word text parsers and “pixels” the size of a child’s pinky nail. Seriously. TRS-80 clones of “Defender,” Scott Adams text adventures, that kind of thing.
      • Web designer and developer during the 90’s and early-mid 2000’s. Now I just work off platforms like WordPress, no point in constantly re-inventing the wheel.
    • Audio Tech (live & recorded)
    • Video Tech (live & recorded)
      • By necessity because of the above two things I’m a reasonably decent photographer and cinematographer as well. This was enhanced by the education discussed below.
    • Communication artist/scientist. Most of a BA in Communication with a concentration in media production is finished, started in 2010. Had to take a break to get my feet under me financially. While my concentration was in filmmaking, a significant part of the curriculum overlapped with the kinds of courses you’d find in a solid advertising or marketing program as well.
    • Political science. This was my minor. I chose this combination of skills with the intention of creating and producing public interest and documentary media. I had already been doing “stand-up” style videos and commentary for a while before I went to school, and I’d reached my limits of self-education; I felt like I had to get a formal education to maintian creditibility with myself in this field. (This statement is also true of the audio and video tech work mentioned above!)
  • Professional Stuff (Both & More)
    • Well-regarded mentor, trainer, coach personality type. Direction/lead task roles common. Tend to do best in self-directed roles but can lose focus or get distracted.
  • Semi-professional stuff
    • Occasionally prominent political and social activist and analyst, media analyst, etc.
      • I’ve been known to use the things I learned from the professional wrestling business when working as an analyst…
      • I’ve also been known to produce semi-viral content, some of which is no longer available for various reasons, including my own changing interests in how I wanted to present myself.
    • Film and music historian (much of necessity during the process of learning my various crafts, but also from sheer enjoyment of the art forms). Glorified trivia buff with some formal study to back it up.

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