I've always been a monster kid ever since I can remember, in fact my mom felt her first labor pains with me in a movie theater where she was watching a re-release matinee of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. The joke in our family has always been that I didn't want to miss the end of the movie. Bless her, she didn't want to miss it either, and she held on to the end credits.
I was maybe 7 the first time I corrected a tour guide at Universal Studios... At that age I already knew more about The Creature From The Black Lagoon than he did.
Shortly after that time, I met Lon Chaney Jr. All 4 of the classic Universal monsters in one!
At age 8ish I was given a choice to go to Disneyland for my birthday, or go to the Ackermansion. I chose Uncle Forry's house. My parents hedged their bets and let me do both anyway. BEST. BIRTHDAY. EVER.
1977 I took the summer off from film school to start and establish my band. We (along with The Cramps, The Damned, and The Misfits) spearheaded the Horror Punk genre. While that was happening, a short film I worked on garnered over 40 awards at film festivals all over the world. That same summer I also assisted Vilmos Zigmond on a movie called The Rose. Not a bad few months. ;)
1982 I was nominated for best effects in a rock video. Work at a couple 'lil movies for a place owned by a fella named Mr. Lucas soon followed. As did work on a 007 film and a Star Trek movie. Eh, it paid the rent for awhile.
late 80's: I started working for several major studios and production companies as a script doctor, basically fixing story problems and rewriting stuff the bigshot name writers couldn't do for themselves. Good money, but uncredited...and confidentiality agreements are in place so don't ask questions. ;)
Late 80's - early 90's I wrote and directed a couple seasons of a TV series.
2000: I have been asked to play with members of just about every one of my favorite bands, but I turn most of them down because of what they call "My movie thing". I did however tour in a reunion of rock and roll legend and hall of famer Gene Vincent's Blue Caps and am recognised as "The Last Of The Blue Caps".
Now: Still writing and directing. Several screenplays have been optioned and are in development. Oh, and the band celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007 and has our name firmly affixed in the music history books.