Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’ve been writing short stories and screenplays since I was 17 years old. Directing films has always been a passion of mine. I was featured in the hit show Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Murder in the First.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I’m the Director and Creator of the Award-winning hit series “Chronicles of Jessica Wu” which will be made into a Feature Film in 2021. I have two seasons that are currently on Amazon and Apple TV. The show was inspired by my daughter who is diagnosed with Autism. The show received rave reviews and as a Filmmaker, I love making Feature films, Shorts, Music videos, and Television series. I’m a rising star in the Entertainment industry and I love making films.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I would recommend that writers like myself stay inspired and find stories that come from your heart. Speak your truth and let your passion move you forward. Never give up and always keep focused on your goals. Become the hardest worker in the room.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
They’re so many good people in my life who inspired me to become the person I am today. People like my Drama Teacher in High School Cheryl E. Pasteur. My mother has always been supportive of my dreams and I would definitely say my kids. My son and daughter keep me inspired and always writing.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Absolutely, I’ve started a non-profit organization called, “Autism Future” and this organization helps adults with Autism find employment and become productive and responsible citizens in society.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“The hardest competition you will ever face is yourself.” I use to be so hard on myself when it comes to putting a production together. There are a lot of moving parts in Filmmaking and I sometimes have to let go and let people help me. Sometimes I can get in the way of my own self.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram @ironbeard and Twitter @mrironbeard.