Dude, I just found your blog and I am thoroughly enjoying all your stories! What did you do before you got into Television/Film? At what point did you decide to move out of Michigan? What's your favorite anime/kind of anime? Do you have any advice for other socially awkward people who want to work in your industry? Hope these aren't too many questions/too intrusive. Feel free to ignore this if it's too much!
I did odd jobs working for local TV stations, a warehouse, a
recycling center and as a real estate photographer in college as well as
some freelance news photography. I decided to move out of Michigan
around the time the film tax credit got the axe in my senior year.
Anime I’m big on GITS, The Monogatari series and a cult movie series
nobody has ever heard of called Kara No Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners
in its english translation). I also enjoy Evangelion even if I think it
has its flaws. I guess you could say I like the stuff that’s a bit artsy
to a degree though I’m also interested in optioning the rights to Black
Lagoon down the road and adapting it as an Action TV series since I
love that as well.
For socially awkward people, the key is
practice and observation. Just sit back for a while and pick up on the
nuances of conversation and just start imitating it. If you need
something from someone, try a soft and indirect approach first. It’s ok
to not say anything for a bit to learn the lay of the land. My strategy
is that I often hold back details about myself to understand what the
person needs me to be for the moment because people like to project
ideals onto people and then I adapt a persona based on this assumption
in order to keep the conversation going.