I joined the living on Earth in the late 1960s. Born in southern New Mexico, followed by quick stints in Oklahoma and the DC area. Mostly what I remember from back then is liking Batman and motorcycles. I think it was '75 when we relocated to California. I grew up in San Diego. There I discovered sports and knew I would be a famous athlete someday.
When I was 8, my mom took me to see Help and A Hard Days Night at the public library. It was my first exposure to the Beatles. I was so excited by the music that I begged to hear more when I got home. She let me wear my dad's "off-limits" headphones and listen to a record. I think it's fair to say that was the night that I chose my direction in life. Of course I didn't realize that until much later, but I had all at once discovered music, stereophonic sound & quality hi-fi gear, recording arts, and songwriting.
I started playing the drums soon after.
In 4th grade my sister was in the school play. I was enamored. I wanted to do that too. The next year I had a supporting role. I was 10. It was the most fun ever. The following year I got the lead role. I still wanted to be a sports star, but I was definitely going to be an actor and a rock star in the off season.
I saved my paper route money and bought a drum set when I was 12. I played music and acted as much as I could through jr. high school. Then, in 1983, I moved back to DC (Arlington, VA) to start high school.
I immediately got to work starting a band. I began teaching myself guitar and piano, and started writing songs. That band went through several iterations over the years and culminated in getting hired to write and record 2 songs for a Mothers Against Drunk Driving event. This was my first time in a recording studio. I was 18 and on top of the world. You can hear music from that session here.
Concurrent to the rock 'n' roll adventures I remained focused on theatre. I mostly acted, but began to show serious interest in the technical side. I wrote a couple of songs for plays and I produced the talent show my senior year--drawing me closer to the production side of things.
Fast forward a couple of years, back in San Diego, playing in bands when I could find them. Not much theatre. Not much time. Not much money. Moved to San Francisco in 1990--another band, another job. Lived in Vegas for 2 years--more bands, more jobs, still flat broke. Back to San Diego in 1992. I never stopped writing music and playing guitar. I didn't need money for that.
After a couple of years I started acquiring basic gear to start recording some of my music. I also started piecing together a drumset again--hadn't played in a few years.
Around the same time, one day I walked into a community theatre and talked my way into running sound for their next show. Two days later the director called me and asked me if I could fill a role suddenly vacated by an actor. Two days after that we opened and ran for five weeks. I had the bug again.
In the weeks following that I called or visited every theatre in the San Diego area looking for work, anything in a theatre. I got an interview for a part time box-office job, and landed my first sound design gig--even though I had no idea what sound design was.
The interview led to me meeting one of the tech guys at the theatre who asked me to come hang lights for a coupe of shifts. I never worked in the box-office but I started a 7 year stint at the San Diego Rep during which time I quickly moved from lighting overhire to sound, then became lead engineer/mixer, then Head of Sound, then Resident Sound Designer.
During those years I worked my ass off. I also took on as much freelance design work as possible. I still continued writing and recording music, slowly, when there was time. I also got to play some music gigs here and there--mostly theatre related, playing for shows.
So in 2002, after another 10 years in San Diego, a job search landed me in Indianapolis as Resident Sound Designer at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. I have continued to freelance all over the country. Musical opportunities opened up for me again and my home studio/audio business--LostSound--was launched in 2004. I've played countless gigs in numerous bands, I've designed and/or composed nearly 100 shows at IRT alone, while heading up their audio/video department. In 2012 I joined the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company (formerly H.A.R.T.) as Sound Designer/Composer.
In recent years I have grown as an artist, a musician, a sound geek. More importantly I have grown as a person. I have beaten down my demons, leveled my head, settled down with the love of my life and I couldn't be a happier human.
Always looking forward to what is next. Grateful for what I have.