Growing up, I was one of those kids who lived in their
head. A Charlie Kaufman character, basically. My classmates pegged me a loner, but that
was never the case. Truth be told, I
was never alone. I had my
imagination to keep me company.
Teachers started encouraging my creative writing in third
grade, and by fifth grade I was improv-ing my way through school plays. But I'd always considered writing an outlet,
not an occupation. I even had designs
on astrophysics as a potential career path, until I realized how much
mathematics was involved. ZOMG!
I went off to college still unsure as to what I wanted to
do. It wasn’t until an English
professor smacked me upside the head that I finally made the choice. She'd asked us to write a
paper examining character motivations in HAMLET. I decided to frame the paper as a scene from the actual stage
play, wherein I was the director giving instruction to the actors playing each
role. The professor made me read it
aloud in front of the class and then pulled me aside afterwards. “What the hell are you doing here?” she
asked. “You should be in film
I transferred the following semester.
After graduation, I headed to Los Angeles with nothing but a suitcase and an empty rolodex (that’s like an iPhone contacts folder, for you kids out there). The first script I wrote got me a meeting with Joss Whedon; the second script I sold to Nickelodeon. As luck would have it, by the end of my first six months in town I was a working writer.
I scripted half-hour comedies for the first few years of my
career, but my passion for science fiction soon took over. I wrote a spec for LOST during its
first season that propelled me into the genre. I’ve since written for THRESHOLD, THE 4400, and most
recently was a writer/producer on the first two seasons of LEVERAGE.