I was born in Brooklyn, New York in October of 1973. I attended Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene, and went on to Embry-Riddle University in Arizona to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science in 1995. In 1996, I enlisted in the Air National Guard as an aircraft mechanic, with the intention of someday flying Air Force Jets.
While fulfilling my part-time obligation with the Guard, I worked as full time flight instructor for the State University of New York at Farmingdale, Long Island. In 1999, I received my commission as an Officer with the 105th Airlift Wing in Newburgh, NY, and went on to pilot the C-5 Galaxy cargo jet for the NY Air National Guard. The C-5 Galaxy is the largest jet in service with the U.S. military. I got to fly the C-5 around the world and was fortunate enough to visit many interesting places along the way. In late 2004 I received an honorable discharge from the military. I have recently completed the MBA program at Fordham University at Lincoln with a dual concentration in Marketing/Media and Communications Management.
I have had a long term interest in different forms of art and now directs a great part of my efforts toward working with various types of media. I began carrying a camera regularly to capture the unique moments experienced in my travels with the military. Film photography is something I love because of the way light is captured, but I use digital cameras as well. I was fascinated by the process of stone sculpture from an early age and went on to pursue this interest with a sculptor named Chris Pellettieri at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Since 2006, Chris has been kind enough to provide instruction and advice for me when I have had questions.
Acting, film, and theatre are other platforms for expression that I enjoy using. My first experience with acting was in 2006 when he landed the part of “Dolan” in the comedy show “Line” at the 13th Street Repertory Company on west 13th Street in Manhattan. Line is the longest running off-off-Broadway show in the New York City, now in its 33rd year. Through this experience, I met many other artists and went on to help write and perform in smaller projects at places such as the Theater for the New City. I owe a special thanks to Joshua, Joe, Tom and Edith O’Hara for this experience. I still keep in touch with the friends I made at 13th Street, and am looking forward to continuing my experience through writing, photography, film, and music.
I will continue exploring—working with different media, sharing ideas with old friends, and making some new ones along the way. My current goal is to begin putting my experiences together in words for a film that I can hopefully shoot with a few friends.