I got my first pro job at nineteen, so I'm a bit of a late starter.
I'm a concept designer, and in my early 20's I was hired by Lucasfilm as one of the first artists to retro-design the Star Wars galaxy and visually define its early history starting from 4000 BLS (Before Luke Skywalker) to the rise of the Empire.
Several designs made their way from my drawing board to the canon, appearing onscreen in the prequels and in LucasArts games.
I am very proud to have done several tours of duty with Sir Richard Taylor's WETA workshop New Zealand. I was in the design room on KONG and on set with wardrobe and the art department. I also had the privilege of hiring WETA to digitally paint a graphic novel of mine which is currently in feature development at Warner Bros.
Other credits include Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Activision's Call of Duty franchise.
Having directed and co-directed several hours of animation, I just directed my third live action short. The third is in post, and the first has been honored by the ICG (Local 600) with an Emerging Cinematographers Award for my friend and DP James Takata.
My introduction to the VES was as an employee of Gentle Giant Studios. I was one of the transport team guys whose job it was to bring the VES awards from the manufacturer to the show and make them all shiny before the speeches began. It was a lot of fun, especially because you had to do the whole gig in a Tuxedo.