I was born in the small town of Camanche, California. Far from Hollywood, my childhood was spent running through fields, chasing lizards and pretending I was a Jedi with my brothers and friends. At age nine, I moved to Idaho.
Creativity was always a big part of my life. I played with Legos, Army Men, GI Joes and composed Jedi battles between myself and my brothers.
I tried to be a cool jock for my friends, but I failed miserably. Instead of going to parties or doing whatever else I was supposed to do to be “cool,” I made board games at my home. Most of them were needlessly complicated or repeats of other games, but they were a helpful exercise, which amplified my curiosity in storytelling.
I dove into music, writing, acting and painting, head first. Once college threw itself into the mix, I was able to narrow my focus into the arts, both as a writer and actor exclusively. It wasn’t until years later that the desire to become a director occurred. I still had plenty to learn before I was up to that challenge. Despite the challenges of the university grind, I was growing as an artist every day.
Some mistakes followed, one of which was signing up for a local talent agency that charged five hundred dollars for the honor of joining. (Heads up, this is not appropriate in any sized market! If an agency asks this, just run away!) Over my two years with this agency, they ended up getting me four auditions total. I booked one of these projects and it was for a non-speaking part in a non-paid project.
The one good thing it did was deliver connections that introduced me to Platform, where I attended the best acting classes I could have ever asked for, taught by April Matson. Given an opportunity to study under her influence was like a dream come true. Soon, I landed several acting jobs she helped set up, and I didn’t even have to pay her ten percent. What a deal! She did not just teach acting, she taught the importance of storytelling and the tools on how to be a great storyteller.
Studying under Platform has led to vast improvements, both in my ability as a storyteller and in my daily life. Taking risks began to be more routine than an anomaly, which allowed me to create more opportunities for myself. Such as writing, producing and starring in The Day Hope Died and writing, directing, producing and starring in Third Strike. Definitely the most challenging projects that I have been a part of, but also the most rewarding.
In 2020, I married the love of my life, Alexandra Koper. We had a fairytale wedding at the Château Des Fleurs. We had needed to move dates due to Covid, but everything went flawlessly. Our dream team really came through. Since that date, we have, obviously, gone through our struggles, but I can honestly say that I love her more today than I did on our wedding. She has sacrificed so much for me and I can never hope to repay her. She has put her own dreams on hold to help me, but prayerfully she can continue her path to becoming an attorney.
In November of 2021, I was involved in a terrible car wreck. this single event has impacted my life and the lives of everyone around me in a profound way. I’m blessed to be alive. I’m blessed to be off the ventilator. Most people with a C1 spinal break don’t survive and certainly don’t get off the ventilator. The only reason I am able to be off the ventilator is an amazing device called a DPS. I will explain this and much more about my accident in blog posts. For now, I am grateful to be alive and pursue what I’m passionate about.
Proof that someone agreed to marry me: