I was a prolific daydreamer in school, often playing out scenes in my head using my aspiring superhero powers when I should have been improving on my math and grammar. I even thought when I was nine that if I held my arms and legs in a certain running position, I would turn into the Six Million Dollar Man.
My sophomore year in in high school was when I began to put my thoughts onto paper. By then, they were the words of an angst-filled teenager still unsure whether a girl would like him now that the braces were off, the hair was combed, and the acne had cleared up. My inability to actually speak to girls made writing my only opportunity to carry on those conversations with any semblance of ‘cool.’
A fluke audition for choir in junior high was a game changer for me. Puberty gifted me with a low voice that matched Elvis’ so closely that, for the rest of my high school career, some college, and a New York City Broadway audition later, I was a much more outgoing, confident, and creative version of my former self.
When imitating other singers began to wear thin, writing my own material became my passion. That music led me to a fateful rehearsal where I met the beautiful, long-legged woman that would inspire me to chase my dreams in the asphalt jungles of New York City. I knew Lisa Kopydlowski would become my soul mate from the first time I talked to her. Our life together has inspired screenplays that were read in front of audiences in college, songs that were featured on Nashville’s hallowed songwriting stages, and a story about our journey through the maze of medically assisted baby-making that landed us on the CBS Early Show and launched my book-writing career with the publication of Almost A Father; A Male Infertility Memoir; A Story About My Soulmate, Our Soulbaby, and the Music In Between.
Lisa and my nine-year-old daughter Elliana Faith have given me additional schooling, inspiration as my biggest fans and critics, and tireless faith that soon I will make the complete transition from selling mortgages by day to being a full time writer by design.