I just want to get this out of the way right away, and I know that I will most likely get tons of hate-mail from aspiring screenwriters reading this, but I officially retired from professional screenwriting in 2015.
And I honestly couldn’t be any happier. I finally get to consistently do the things that fill my life with joy: spend time with family, train mixed martial arts, spend time with family, go to heavy metal concerts, spend time with family, play videogames on my weeknights, spend time with family, take computer programming classes, spend time with family, draw my own comic books, and most importantly . . . SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY.
I have committed to another role since I’m completely out of the business and have absolutely zero silver screen aspirations – the role of the mentor. Previous students and friends with Hollywood aspirations still reach out to me inquiring on how to transition their dreams into reality. I don’t offer to introduce them to people who can turn magically materialize their dreams like a genie, but I do offer my time and honesty about the 15-years I spent in the business.