- Born: The United States.
- Description: A native west-coaster, I started my professional story-telling career as a standup comic at age 19 when I did an open mic night at the Punch Line in San Francisco. After that I spent every weekend onstage at comedy clubs.
Three years later I graduated from UC Berkeley with a mathematics degree, and became a technical trainer and sales support engineer for companies like McDonnell Douglas, Computer Associates, Arthur Andersen, IBM, and Adobe. By day I honed my corporate speaking skills, but at night I continued perfecting my funny stories as a comedian in clubs like The Comedy Store, The Improv, and countless small clubs around the country.
I was also a member of the improv groups The Fault Line Players and Off the Top Comedy. A few years later I enrolled in the UCLA post graduate Screenwriter program, and then found my niche as a script doctor and feature writer.
In 2012 I was a semi-finalist for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking on the world stage in Toastmasters International Speech Contest, and in 2016 I gave a TEDx Talk about my experience working with author David C. Taylor (who happened to be in federal prisoner at the time) to adapt his book "Jacumba Connection" into the feature screenplay "Checkpoint."
Today I own my own story development business (branded as The Memoir Midwife), in which I help everyone from studios to retirees find, write, and share their stories in the form of books and movies.