I’m experienced in arts.
I spent my salad days cavorting on New York stages: Bway, BAM, The Public. I wrote music and played out: The Bitter End, CBGB. Made fine(ish) art that appeared in major shows: NY Museum of Modern Art, Wexner Center, Yale Art Gallery. I’ve written on assignment for the NY Times, Ladies Home Journal, POZ; under contract for Viacom, Broadway Video, MTV Films; done story and and screenwriting with and for author/show runner Matthew Carnahan (Showtime’s House of Lies).
Ongoing collaborations include Goodbye, Carbon, a songwriting and recording trio of which I’m a third.
A few years back, I put my varied abilities to work for my own web series, Yahoo! News Underground. Referring to my pilot episodes, then-Yahoo overlord, Hollywood exec-again, Lloyd Braun, told a roomful of VPs and managers, “You can’t teach that.”
I’m routinely an early call: TV producers asking me to conceptualize new shows — around legendary SNL music producer, Hal Wilner, and his out-there Edgar Allen Poe nights at St Ann’s in Brooklyn; around the latest invention of virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier. Magazine editors have hired me to conceptualize new or special publications, create tables of contents and copywrite.
A book proposal I ghost wrote recently landed the author the companion book to a major best seller; story and treatments I’ve written for original TV pilots have led to their purchase. I’ve helped brand or rebrand small businesses, major non-profits and even a prospective network (cable, natch).
Webwise, Yahoo! News Underground was innovative. Before YouTube blew up, before anyone but college kids knew of Facebook, Underground was the first property the online news goliath gave free reign to integrate non-Yahoo social media (read: competitors). Dogtown Ink, my self-published subculture reader, news parody and local interest “blog,” was considered by MSN and Yahoo! execs as a strong entrant in the early, hyperlocal online news explosion.
All this to say, I’m practiced at identifying what’s unique and essential and flogging it. Hard.