Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:48 Posted by Clash Saturday, 07 July 2012 01:40
Job-title: I'm currently a VP at a major corporation by day and by night the Creative Director of Planet Random Creative.
Web/blog site URL: http://planetrandom.net
Give us your job description in 25 words or less. I write to capture the ideas that run through my imagination. Now I'm committed to doing everything I can to share what I've written down.
Describe a typical workday. I have only a few hours a day to dedicate to Planet Random so I try to plan wisely. Planning and being accountable to a schedule allows me to accomplish complex tasks in small chunks of time. A typical session could involve me scripting, working on one of the websites, fawning over a new page of art from one of my artists, sketching out a character design, or working on boring business related stuff. It is definitely a left-brain and right-brain business and that's what I love about it. It's creative and expressive yet still structured and logical.
What led you to realize that you wanted to do this type of work? Desk jobs and watching ideas I had as a kid find success from other writers.
Did you have any heroes or mentors in your industry that you admired? My only real hero is Jesus Christ; his example has proven invaluable to me in all industries. In regards to mentors, I try to learn from everyone and everything. I have read books, watched interviews, studied and researched. However, to date there has not been one key mentor…yet.
What type of education or training was required to land your job? 38 years of daydreaming built up the creative reserves to fuel the writing. 20 years of corporate experience set me up for the rest.
What do you love most about your job? Seeing a cool idea come to life, it never gets old. Seeing a page rendered based on my design and script is still the ultimate fulfillment in this process.
What one part of your job do you wish you could hire someone else to do? Marketing.
What advice would you give to teenagers wanting to get into your field of work? Understand your characters and finish your stories. Finish your story, finish your script. Build it out as much as you can, understand your characters fully and finish your story. There are millions of people with ideas in their head. Far fewer take the time to start writing, far less finish what they start and even fewer thoroughly understand their characters. Every one of my stories really became alive once I took the time to understood the characters. In addition, finishing my first script helped me prove to myself that I could do this.
How does your job allow you to use your God-given gifts? I get to tell stories about hope. I get to tell stories from the perspective of a strong family, where a man has responsibility and honors that responsibility. Where a husband and wife don’t have to be dysfunctional or unaligned. It's an honor and am privilege to be able to write from a world view underserved in contemporary media. I respect all walks of life but I value what God has done in my life and am more than happy to share some insights.
Do you have any hobbies or off-hours pursuits that teenagers would find of interest? Archery is my newest hobby outside of comics. I'm a city slicker so there no deer at the end of my arrows. But hitting targets and shooting with my family has been fun.