I am a writer, musician, visual artist, and television industry professional working in New York City but living in Jersey City.
Aside from my love to create and produce, I also love to consume content, ideas, and cheese, lots of them.
My first ever foray into content creation was in kindergarten, when I started drawing on prescription pads that my sister used to bring from work. She was a medical representative for a multinational drug company. I drew scenes with superheroes fighting villains in crude cityscapes.
In third grade, I wrote my first classroom play. It was an original script that depicted a key historical event in the Philippines: the founding of a secret revolutionary group called "Katipunan."
But as early as then, I already knew what mattered in a script. I made sure to end the play with a grand banquet of junk food, which the school paid for. My classmates back then are still thanking me to this day.
At 14, I discovered music. But prior to that, I hated it. I didn't like the way it made me feel sad whenever my sisters listened to sentimental songs. I hated it so much that literally stomped on one of our transistor radios until it was reduced to dust.
But what made me love music?
One day after school, I got home and saw my brother brandishing a Betamax tape he rented from a nearby video store. He wanted me to see it. The movie was "Imagine: John Lennon."
It was a turning point. I wanted to become a Beatle.
The following year, I started teaching myself piano with our old, out of tune, dilapidated family upright - a Weinstein. All my siblings (I am the youngest of 9) had formal piano lessons. But given the state of our family upright when I started to pick up interest, it was pretty evident that none of them wanted it.
I saved up and picked up a songbook with a piano chord chart and marked the piano keys with chord symbols using masking tape. For a whole year, I played almost six hours a day hammering on chords with no song in mind. My benchmark then was Let It Be, which I was able to play at the year, of course out of tune.
Then I started a band, learned guitar, bass, and drums, and began writing my own songs. In junior year in college, after countless rehearsals, un-payed gigs, and numerous demo tapes, my band got signed by a major label. We toured, hung out with rockstars, got some press, and then faded.
In the midst of all that, I met my soulmate, Sheryl.
Now, some 20 years after, I am still doing all three: words, art, and music with the addition of video, which when all four elements are combined can create a movie or a television show, which is now my career.
And yes, most importantly, I am married to my soulmate.