A ranch kid from Southern Colorado who grew up surrounded by natural beauty and cows--also beautiful. I always loved reading and watching epic stories (LotR, Star Wars, etc.) and at about fifteen I decided that's what I wanted to do: make stories that ennoble people.
In college I specialized in both directing and acting. Both of these pursuits are inextricably tied to one another and I've found that increasing my skill in one, necessarily increases my skill in the other as well. I am always at my happiest when I am on-set working in either of those two positions.
Another aspect of my bio I would be remiss to leave out is my background in combat sports. Since I was a wee lad of but seven years I have done karate. It has been critical to the development of my coordination, confidence, and sick kicks (sick as in cool, not diseased). I have now been a black-belt for over a decade, and been teaching for four. I think that the teaching has been key to becoming a better director and filmmaker because I have had to learn to articulate movements and ideas in many different ways so that a wide variety of minds can fully grasp the concept. This has saved so much time on-set because I can immediately cycle through ways of saying what I need instead of rambling on in a babble hoping the other person understands.
I also wrestled from about middle-school through high school and honestly got my ass kicked for the first seven years. I kept losing time after time and getting beat down (literally and figuratively) again and again. Then the Summer before my Junior year of high school something snapped and the switch turned on. The last two years of my high school career I actually won and was competing with the top ranked kids in the state! However, I never won the state tournament. My Senior year I made it to the finals of the state tournament and lost. I made a few minor physical mistakes, but I made a huge error with my mindset and reverted to who I had been two years prior. It's a lesson I will remember the rest of my life: Never get too caught up in a single mistake, there is always an opportunity for victory if you believe there is and fight like a demon to reach it.