What do you do with a 6-year old acting star, when you are a 13-year old writer? Have him play George Washington or Captain Kirk. I wrote a Star Trek episode when I was 12, in 1974.
Our family had a long tradition in the arts, particularly musical theatre. My Grandfather was a "spear carrier" at the Met. My older brother became a muscial theatre piano accompanist, my mother did choreographies for our high school. On our frequent car trips, we listened to the soundtracks from musicals on the 8-track.
When I read Marvel comic books, I would often cue up different songs from musicals on the 8-track, cassette, and vinyl and play the songs on cue as I read.
I thought it was normal for a 17-year old to know the all the lyrics to: OKLAHOMA, Fiddler, Annie, etc. In my freshman year of college, I learned differently and was quickly labeled and "outsider". (Times were different then.) So, I tried to fit in by ignoring this aspect of my life.
In 1995, I had landed a job as Richmond County's Lead Technology specialist. I knew what had to be done, but I didn't fit in. One day, I was seated behind a desk, burried by stacks of files and papers. Suddenly, in my mind, I saw and heard the sound of a hammer (like Thor's) crashing though a large window. I realized - what am I doing here? I want to write.
Nine-months later, I was free and started to write. I thought about goind to Hollywood. However, I read Richard Walter's book on Screenwriting and took his advice. Walter said if you are just starting to write, stay home. LA cost too much to live. A person would spend too much time working and not have enough time to write.
Being a teacher, a created my own school. I read and studied the books writing by the teachers at the LA film schools. I studied the book "Story" by Robert McKee and attended his workshop.
I did a lot of writing. I had a lot of failed scripts. I never quit.
In 2000, I began work on a full length musical, "Somewhere South of Freedom". A work about the lives of slaves on a southern plantation around the year 1820. The work was completed in 2015. Had I gone to LA, I would never have written that musical.