Destiny: Why I Write
I've always known that a great story has a powerful destiny.
There is a tremendous power in destiny. The entire world is propelled by creative thoughts, passions and expressions that connect the world. That inspire. That provide a fresh vision. That move the world forward.
Screenwriting is an exquisite way of unfurling that destiny.
I encourage my fellow screenwriters, and all independent artists, to think of creating that way. You are unfurling a huge destiny.
Never underestimate its power.
After graduating from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, I knew screenwriting was my path, so I wrote, produced and directed a trailblazer, Persistence of Vision, and had the honor of screening it at the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences Theatre. It also broke me financially. But, I endured. This was added to my list of books, novel writing, publishing a resource journal (The Media Artisan), and editing for a humanitarian non-profit, even teaching English. This was followed further by the Bluelite anthology on Amazon, Emblem America (all proceeds to St. Jude's Hospital), and my exciting new screenplay project for Spring 2022.
Lives Touched by Story
Writing is my passion and it's been a vehicle for rebirth, even Renaissance, in my life and the lives of many, including the countless, wonderful mentors having influenced my journey along the way.
I love the creative process and value the creative interplay and community this inevitably brings.
My uncle, Nick Vanoff, hailed the King of Variety Television (5 Emmys, the Producer of "Eleni" starring John Malkovitch, several more credits) mentored me to appreciate our collaborators, on every level, as sparkling gems that require tenacity, respect and commitment.
That's the artisan's final polish in bringing one's work to the world.
Upon every new creative embarkment, the process has imparted something life-affirming to me: unfurling a fresh, new destiny, bringing to life something that had never existed before. I hope you can be part of this the next time it happens.