To Make a Long Story Short
I'm a Canadian screenwriter who’s been moonlighting as a ghostwriter for the past few years. At this point, I’ve written a bit of everything, from public speeches to promotional copy, which has made me well-versed in content writing, copywriting, and copy-editing. In terms of my education, I have a B.A. in History with a Minor in Film Studies. However I’ve also completed a number of e-courses, attended seminars, and I’ve rigorously studied a number of topics, mostly to satisfy my own curiosity. I’m also a voracious reader who’s built up a massive e-library, which contains reference books, textbooks, as well as a number of other resources, such as Oscar-winning screenplays, time-tested self-help books, and that one erotic novel (acquired for personal research). In terms of my character, I would say that I’m upbeat, hard-working, and mostly unassuming. I’m also organized to the point where it might be deemed excessive, which is evidenced by the fact that I have lists for most of my lists (I will seek help when it becomes counterproductive). Among my laundry-list of goals is to see a few of my scripts headline opening weekends, but before I get there, I’m really just focused on mastering the craft, writing great stories, and finding my future wife (for the sake of my hypothetical children).
In terms of my hobbies, I spend most of my downtime watching old movies, but I also enjoy reading, running, and of course, writing. On weekends, if I’m not working, you can usually find me at the local Cineplex, but I also frequent at thrift shops, book shops, and the occasional coffee shop (I go there to re-fuel). In terms of my likes, I’m a big fan of thundershowers, snowstorms, and the Christmas holidays. I also get excited by huge discounts and seeing parcels in my mailbox. In terms of my beliefs, I like to consider myself a relativist who believes mostly in the impact of positive traits, which is why I practice self-betterment with the hope of reaching a standard that's best exemplified in Bedford Falls' own George Bailey (I know he's fictitious, but he's still my role model).
Statement of Purpose
Why I created the website
Originally, it was created simply to validate my ghostwriting services. However, then I expanded it into a personal website, which would allow people to draw accurate conclusions about my abilities, my personality, and my style. Basically I wanted to replicate the experience of meeting at one of those hectic networking mixers, just scaled up to a sizeable degree. In essence, this website is what follows the handshake at a party, giving you an introduction as to who I am and what I do.
What I hope to accomplish
My hope is that this website will give me a visible platform that makes it easier for people to find me, be it a potential employer, a prospective client, or my future wife. Best case scenario, it’ll become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and worst case, it’s just a plot of digital land, allowing me to connect with other like-minded individuals. In any case, I’m also hopeful that others will be able to learn from my efforts, which is why I’ll be documenting all my pursuits within my blog posts.
Why it’s important
I think it’s important because much of what I do is inextricable from who I am, and so I think it’s a great benefit to be able to present myself accurately. The last thing I want is to mislead anyone, so this website will be a good opportunity to give you some insight into my work, my process, and myself, without a single dose of artificiality. Also, in terms of the blog, since most of my content will be informed by diligent research, I really do think it could serve an important role in helping others.
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The Long Story
In the end, my love for movies is really what led to my passion for screenwriting. It was almost a natural development, which felt more like an inevitability than a conscious decision. When I wrote my first screenplay, I basically just ran the movie inside my head, transcribing whatever I saw, and I thought it was pretty good. However, as I began to study the craft, I started to see how much control a writer has over how his ideas are received, which is really when I fell in love with it. Although I knew the odds, and could see the mountain of work that needed to be put in, at that point I felt like I had crossed the threshold. From then on, I was committed to the path, which became a common theme throughout my educational journey.
On top of all that, I also created my own screenwriting curriculum, which essentially served as my double major. The work itself was broken down into monthly quotas, and it was based in large part off of the curriculums of reputable film schools like USC and UCLA, as well as the recommendations of working screenwriters, who unwittingly served as mentors to me. Although this required a great deal of discipline and sacrifice, it also taught me how to be balanced, structured, and organized, which proved invaluable in life after graduation.
Through my ghostwriting service, I obtained a lot of valuable experience. For example, I was able to learn the subtleties of writing for different mediums, the intricacies of collaboration, and also the rigorousness of running your own business. Furthermore, it also gave me a number of benefits. For example, it allowed me to treat writing as a primary occupation. It also allowed me to work from anywhere, which granted me the luxury of being able to travel across Europe. However, most importantly, it also gave me the time and the flexibility to pursue screenwriting with everything that I have, which has really expedited the entire process. Although time will tell where all of this work will take me, in the end, there’s no doubt that ghostwriting will have served its purpose.
Beyond the page, if there’s one takeaway that you should get from all of this, it’s that I’m really committed to improving in every possible way. No matter what I do, I’ll always try to be better. A better worker, a better friend, a better (future) husband. Simply put, my goal is to be the best version of myself, which will always remain one of my primary aspirations. Although I may not be perfect, I’m working on it.
I look forward to hearing from you!