“Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale… if somebody told you I was just your average ordinary guy, not a care in the world… somebody lied.” – Peter Parker
And so begins my own story, not the most standard of blogs you’ll read, nor do I live in the most standard of cities. I call Las Vegas my “home”, a city well known for gambling, drinking, and other assorted vices. And it’s all true, of course. You can find all of that here and then some. But what most people never realize is that there is a city… a life, past the Strip.
I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was 19, having worked at Midway Home Entertainment (Mortal Kombat) in my hometown in Texas. I later continued on with the gaming industry in San Diego, before becoming an actor out in Los Angeles and San Diego (Red Eye, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Yes Man).
I moved to Las Vegas at the beginning of 2008, having grown tired of the high-priced lifestyle of California. I only knew of the city from a tourist perspective, convinced that life began and ended on the Strip. “You’ll never go to the Strip once you move here”, the locals warned, and to an extent, they were right. Oh, I still go for work gigs, or to “tour guide” for friends, or to review the occasional stage show. But I’ve learned that there’s more to Las Vegas once you unpack the suitcase and start living here past the vacation. It’s been a world of neon lights and ghost towns, and burning men and beauty queens.
I am a collector of experiences, and this seems to be the perfect place for that.
And that’s where my tale begins….