While born in LA, I did not grow up in film or TV. My engineer-entrepreneur father founded ADC and invented the audiometer. Mom wrote melodramas
at the Birdcage Theatre at Knott's
Berry Farm, where Steve Martin used to work. Then dad sold his business and we all relocated to Hilo, Hawaii.
So I grew up in rural Hawaii.
I had produced my first play in the 6th grade and acted on stage throughout high school. I won a state editorial writing award in my senior year. My SAT scores qualified me as a National Merit Scholar. I chose Michigan State to lose my Hawaiian accent. During my three years there, I produced cable TV series while graduating with high honors.
Then I produced three PBS documentaries via NEA grants I wrote and became a Detroit ad agency producer. There, I supervised edit sessions at a post facility. I quickly learned its equipment, was recruited, rose to editor, and landed a better job in LA. Here, I cut national TV commercials, music videos, TV shows, then features and network shows.
My first first WGA credit came in 2000 for a CBS special.
My indie work won regional and national festival awards.
I wrote and produced a reality pilot for GSN and produced a best-selling how-to DVD.