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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I tend to take the Hard road...

So, let's get started.

Who am I? Well, chances are that you have no idea and since I've only just figured that part out myself, it's probably best to start with a statement of what this is all about.

Stated as simply as possible my Goal is this: To break into the Canadian TV writing biz. More specifically, breaking into said business as a show runner on my very own show. Even more specifically, to have said show produced and on the air for the Fall 2010 season.

With no prior experience.

And blue hair. (Okay, I don't have blue hair).

It's a ridiculously tall order, yes, I know. But it's the only kind of order you can really put in when you're standing firmly on the other side of the glass. You either grip the rock, pull back and put your shoulder into the pitch or you go home and find something else to consume your free time.

I'm not known for taking the easy way out.

Of course the Hard road is made a little more complicated by these teensy-weensy factors:

1. I'm a self-taught writer who has no real connections in the Television Writing industry.
2. I'm 27 and just figuring out what I want to do with my life.
3. I'm currently working a 9-5 job that I need in order to pay my bills - thus meaning I have only 'this' much time to devote to writing.
4. I want to make a TV show about Canadians in Canada.
5. Oh, yeah, it's a Horror/"Dramedy".

So, yeah, pretty much every card in the deck is stacked against me. The chances of me succeeding are somewhere in the low .0001th percentile (being generous). And yet, here I am.


1. I'm in love with Television. I'm 27 years old and I've finally figured out what I want to do with my life: I want to tell stories on that big ol' black box in your living room. I want to do everything in my power to move you, entertain you and, hopefully, make you as passionate about my characters and their world as I am.

2. I'm determined. I've been telling my own stories in my spare time for years but it's only in the last few that I've come to understand my potential. Luckily, as much as I'm a dreamer I've been blessed with a sense of realism (however tenuous). I'm trying to go into this new world as open-eyed as possible. I know that I've still got a lot to learn but I'm working every day to make myself a better writer.

3. I am not afraid to fail. Let's be honest here: I'm SO going to have my ass handed to me. It's not something I can really avoid but if it's the price I've gotta pay to see this through, well, then so be it. I've been lucky enough to be raised with the idea that failure is just the prelude to success; Lot's of people - many way more intelligent than myself - have failed on their path to success, who am I to think myself any better than them?

4. My Ace in the hole: An idea. It may not be the most original idea ever made but it's a Great one and one that could go pretty far. Actually, it's more like a thousand small ideas orbiting one large one that contains the past, present and future of a world not unlike our very own. Within that kernel lies the hopes and dreams and fears and adventures of every person, good or bad, who ever lived. From that idea I created a Mythology. A mythology which I used to write a Bible and a Pilot. That idea has since blossomed and I've drawn characters, made storyboards and imagined entire potential arcs of heroes and villains.

I've done that work and continue to do the work because I love and believe in my show and I want you to love it too.

So, that's where I am right now.


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